Subject: Re: gcc3 package(s)
To: Marc Recht <>
From: Frederick Bruckman <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 07/13/2003 18:20:38
On Mon, 14 Jul 2003, Marc Recht wrote:

> > Of course it should be a meta-pkg. If anyone wants an untrammeled,
> > as-distributed-by-gnu gcc-3.3/3.3.1, he can download a snapshot, or
> > check it out via anoncvs, and build it. One motivation for the split
> Hmm.. It's not that easy. gcc still needs some patches and a pkg is just
> more convient.
> > was to simplify the maintenance burden, so that a committer could
> > build and test a patch to gcc-c without having to build libjava. This
> I don't see that breaking a big and rather complex piece of software into
> pieces simplifies the maintenance burden. IMHO a maintainer has to rebuild
> the complete suite anyway, to check that his/her patch didn't break any
> other part.

I don't see it that way at all. A point fix to gcc that fixes an
optimization has to be built and tested to see if it does what it's
supposed to do, but it's highly unlikely that such a change would
break libjava.