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Bug#559069: linux-headers-2.6.26-2-amd64: why gcc-4.1 instead of gcc-4.3?

On Tue, Dec 01, 2009 at 11:27:59PM +0530, Mohan R wrote:
> Package: linux-headers-2.6.26-2-amd64
> Severity: minor
> Hi,
> A newcommer to Debian, forgive me if I do any mistakes, I'm trying to
> compile broadcom-sta following http://wiki.debian.org/wl wiki page.
> While installing linux-headers-2.6.26-2-amd64, I noticed that it depends on
> gcc-4.1, but when I installed 'gcc' package, aptitude installed 'gcc-4.3'.

gcc-4.1 is provided in the gcc-4.1 package.

> Is gcc-4.1 desperately needed for this package?

I don't recall the details...

> can't we change the dependency to accept >= gcc-4.1?

As far as Debian is concerned, its not a bug to use a compiler still
available in the distribution. It can be a wishlist bug if a package
doesn't work w/ a newer compiler, but it won't be a candidate for a
stable release.

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