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From: Florian Weimer <>
To: "Jason A. Donenfeld" <>
Cc: Mark Brown <>,,
	Linux Kbuild mailing list <>,
	LKML <>
Subject: Re: gcc 5 & 6 & others already out of date?
Date: Thu, 13 Oct 2022 20:39:13 +0200	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <> (Jason A. Donenfeld's message of "Thu, 13 Oct 2022 09:23:36 -0600")

* Jason A. Donenfeld:

> It's also easy, nearly trivial, to download toolchains. Arnd provides a
> bunch with his crosstool. "Must use a toolchain from your distro" is a
> requirement that affects nobody.

But not everything will be built with the cross-compiler.  For the
kernel build tools and other userspace components, you'll need a native
toolchain that can build programs that can actually run on the build
host.  At the very least, this means that the right search paths have to
be baked into the tools, and I'm not sure this will happen automatically
for popular distributions.  (I only know that it wouldn't happen for
glibc, but you can't really rebuild that.)  This seems unexplored
territory to me.  The existence of working cross-tools doesn't tell us
much how native builds and integration with installed native libraries
will play out in practice.

There's also going to be much greater variance of compilers people
actually use if everyone just picks an upstream release branch snapshot
at some point in time.

None of this may be sufficient reason to support old toolchains.  But if
you require more recent versions, you really should tell people to
upgrade to new distributions, or use newer toolchain versions
specifically built for the distribution by their distribution vendor.
And not to try to build their own toolchain.


  parent reply	other threads:[~2022-10-13 18:42 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 20+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2022-10-13  1:36 gcc 5 & 6 & others already out of date? Jason A. Donenfeld
2022-10-13 12:22 ` David Laight
2022-10-13 12:59 ` Mark Brown
2022-10-13 15:23   ` Jason A. Donenfeld
2022-10-13 16:18     ` Willy Tarreau
2022-10-14  4:28       ` David Laight
2022-10-14  5:27         ` Willy Tarreau
2022-10-13 16:26     ` Mark Brown
2022-10-13 16:37       ` Jason A. Donenfeld
2022-10-13 16:51         ` Willy Tarreau
2022-10-13 17:16         ` Mark Brown
2022-10-13 18:38           ` Florian Weimer
2022-10-13 20:23             ` Mark Brown
2022-10-14  6:15               ` Florian Weimer
2022-10-13 18:39     ` Florian Weimer [this message]
2022-10-13 21:03       ` Nick Desaulniers
2022-10-14  6:37         ` Florian Weimer
2022-10-13 21:08 ` Nick Desaulniers
2022-10-14  1:31   ` Jason A. Donenfeld
2022-10-14 11:13   ` Mark Brown

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