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Re: Debian drops support for sparc

On 30/07/2015, David Miller <davem@davemloft.net> wrote:
> 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 Is it correct that 32bit gcc is no longer maintained?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
> distribition.
> 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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As far as I remember Debian dropped Sparc32 support quite a few years ago.
So I guess what is being dropped this time around is the official support for
64-bit kernel + 32-bit/v8plus userland.

Then only the unofficial port of 64-bit kernel + 64-bit userland remains.

Kjetil Oftedal

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