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Re: Require at least gcc 4.2

From: Vladimir 'phcoder' Serbinenko
Subject: Re: Require at least gcc 4.2
Date: Tue, 1 Sep 2009 16:12:20 +0200

On Tue, Sep 1, 2009 at 4:04 PM, Bean<address@hidden> wrote:
> On Tue, Sep 1, 2009 at 9:44 PM, Vladimir 'phcoder'
> Serbinenko<address@hidden> wrote:
>> It looks like grub2's codebase triggers bugs in old compiler. I don't
>> feel like we should support these compilers at all. Hence this patch.
>> If someone wants to use older compiler he's free to patch this check
>> out but this way he's aware that we don't support gcc prior to 4.2
> Hi,
> I don't think it's gcc's version that's causing the problem, it's the
> bug of some local port like apple's gcc. In fact, I've been using
> mingw gcc 3.4.5 for a long time and doesn't seem to have issue. It'd
> be nice to locate the specific bug and write a small test problem to
> check for it (something like NESTED_FUNC_ATTR), instead of reply
> blindly on gcc version. (what if apple's gcc-4.2 also contain some bug
> ?)
There was a test to check for it but it was removed because there is
no way to do such check in cross-compiler environment.
Even if gcc<4.2 seem to work ok I think we shouldn't waste resources
on it and officially declare a minimal requirement ("you're free to go
under requirement but don't post bugreports if you do")
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