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Re: rawhide report: 20060811 changes

Peter Robinson wrote:
> buildsys redhat com wrote:
> >New package compat-gcc-34
> >     Compatibility GNU Compiler Collection
> >
> >
> Why is this needed in Fedora Core?

1) GCC 3.4.6 is the last one to ship with G77, while Gfortran is quite far even in the Fortran77 compatibility, it is not yet there and some people
   have huge Fortran77 codebases, not to mention that Gfortran runtime
   is in any case ABI incompatible with G77 runtime
2) similarly, not all third party C++ sources are ready for GCC 4.1.x, so
   a secondary compiler is often handy until they manage to rewrite it
3) in the end, all that changed from previous amount of binary packages
   is the addition of one new src.rpm - as many compat-gcc-32 subpackages
   were nuked at the same time as the number of added compat-gcc-34

So it was added just for Fortran77? If this is the case why can't it
be in extras as I'm pretty sure there are no dependancies on Fortran
in Core. Also does it mean it replaces the compat-gcc-32 packages?

No it's very useful to C++ developpers. Unlike C, there are important changes between g++ 3.x and g++ 4, some that sometimes require massive rewrites. I think this belongs in Core, as a replacement to compat-gcc-32.


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