Re: Updated 2.4 TODO List -- new addition WAS(test9 PCI

From: Alexander Viro (
Date: Thu Oct 12 2000 - 04:46:42 EST

On Wed, 11 Oct 2000, Nathan Paul Simons wrote:

> On Wed, Oct 11, 2000 at 10:55:17PM +0100, Alan Cox wrote:
> > Hardly. In fact the idea of distributing a different compiler for kernels
> > comes from debian and the kgcc naming convention from Conectiva.
> What different compiler? If you're talking about the kernel-package
> package of Debian, that's only scripts to generate a Debian kernel package
> from custom source.

% dpkg-awk Package:gcc272
Package: gcc272
Status: install ok installed
Priority: optional
Section: devel
Installed-Size: 1588
Maintainer: Debian GCC maintainers <>
Replaces: gcc (<=, cpp (<=
Provides: c-compiler
Depends: libc6, binutils (>= 2.8-1)
Recommends: libc-dev
Suggests: gcc272-docs
Conflicts: libc5-dev, gcc (<=, cpp (<=
Description: The GNU C compiler.
 This is the old version of the GNU C compiler's C part. It should only
 be used for backward compatibility purposes.
 The GNU C compiler is a fairly portable optimizing compiler that
 supports multiple languages. It includes (runtime) support for C.
 The g++ and ObjC compilers are not longer part of the current Debian
 release. Get the packages from the Debian 2.1 (slink) release.

% dpkg -l gcc gcc272
| Status=Not/Installed/Config-files/Unpacked/Failed-config/Half-installed
|/ Err?=(none)/Hold/Reinst-required/X=both-problems
(Status,Err: uppercase=bad)
||/ Name Version Description
ii gcc 2.95.2-13 The GNU C compiler.
ii gcc272 The GNU C compiler.

Grep debian-devel for gcc272 - switching default gcc to egcs (early
unstable for potato, March '99 IIRC) required that because quite a few
things didn't build correctly with 2.91 (and later 2.95). OTOH C++ side
sucked badly and newer versions were clearly better in that area.

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