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Re: Debian drops support for sparc

From: Josip Rodin <joy@entuzijast.net>
Date: Thu, 30 Jul 2015 21:22:30 +0200

> On Thu, Jul 30, 2015 at 06:48:24PM +0200, Sam Ravnborg wrote:
>> > But I think the focus should probably be on the sheer redness of the sparc
>> > columns at:
>> > https://release.debian.org/jessie/arch_qualify.html (current release)
>> >From the link above:
>> "
>> sparc
>> Upstream Support
>> According to the gcc maintainer 32bit code generation as we use it is no longer supported upstream and we should aim for a switch to 64bit userland anytime soon.
>> "
>> Is it correct that 32bit gcc is no longer maintained?
>> I have seen nothing on gcc mailaing list about this.
> That's from jessie, which was already released. The said note has been
> removed from the list for stretch.

The thing is, it makes no sense to go to a 64-bit only userland

What does make sense is maybe only supporting sparc64 kernels,
but with a userland that is built 32-bit targetting v8plus.

> The problem is that numerous other issues - haven't.

It would be nice to narrow things down to the real issues.

The only major blocker I know of is the kernel FPU issue, which is
what I'm spending all of my sparc cycles on.

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