Subject: Re: GCC 2.95.2
To: Adam Ciarcinski <>
From: Krister Walfridsson <>
List: current-users
Date: 03/13/2000 15:17:29
On Mon, 13 Mar 2000, Adam Ciarcinski wrote:

> Will GCC 2.95.2 be in NetBSD source tree? :)

Changing the compiler is a rather big project, since it need to work on
all of our archs. I'm following the gcc development rather closely,
and my impression is that 2.95 is not stable enough. So I think NetBSD
should wait for the next version.

The biggest problem with NetBSD and gcc is that nobody are testing the
development versions of gcc exensively for (especially the slow) NetBSD
archs. So the released versons of gcc have some problems. When NetBSD
eventually imports the compiler, lots of problem are found, but the
gcc team is now happily developing in their -current branch, and is not
that interested in solving the problems in the (now old) release branch.

I'm planning to (try to) make sure that gcc can build NetBSD for the
machines I have (i386, sparc, mips, m68k, arm32) before the next gcc

> The patch to make GCC 2.92.2 someone sent couple days ago works fine,
> but the compiler cannot be used to compiler kernel or something from
> NetBSD source tree.

So it works fine, but you cannot compile anything? ;-)

I did the work that made the i386 kernel compile using gcc-2.95 a
couple of days ago. I'm planning to commit most of that tonight.