Subject: Re: Style guide
To: Scott Reynolds <>
From: Perry E. Metzger <>
List: current-users
Date: 05/27/1997 18:16:25
Scott Reynolds writes:
> > The chance you will not have an ANSI compiler is very small.
> > IMHO, the risk is worth the benefit.  gcc has already been ported
> > to practically everything which it can run on, and new hardware
> > comes with ANSI compilers.
> Solaris and HP-UX _still_ do not ship with ANSI compilers; fortunately
> there are well-tested gcc/binutils ports for those systems.  How confident
> are you that this is the case for any other interesting systems, or that
> the GNU toolchain is well tested on those systems?  (All too often it
> seems like an upgrade to one or the other introduces bugs for the less
> popular platforms they support, but that's purely a subjective
> observation.)

I have seen the "bootstraps are harder" argument before, and I'm not
sure I buy it.

1) If you are trying to port NetBSD to a platform there must
be some version of GCC that works on it.
2) There is always unproto available if need be for bootstrap.