On Wed, 24 Feb 2010, Michael Matz wrote:
help wondering why we adopt new compilers before they even
carved their release branch upstream. Are we in the for the extra
Without trying the compiler we won't know of any bugs in there. The
extra pain would have been mostly the same had we switched later, as
most problems were in the packages, not the compiler.
That would be the case if we were the only distro out there. If we
only switch, and I am not suggesting this of course, to GCC 4.5 in
two years, I bet that all projects still alive upstream will have
been fixed. ;-)
And even the problems in the compiler wouldn't
have been found by
then if nobody tries it.
Absolutely. The openSUSE Build Service is great for this kind of stuff.
When it gets tricky is when a broken kernel may either be due to the
kernel being broken genuinely or by the compiler, and you don't know
which is the case. (And, yes, I had to rescue boot my workstation and
install an older kernel the other day.)
Dr. Gerald Pfeifer gp(a)novell.com | SUSE Linux Products GmbH
Director Product Management | HRB 16746 (AG Nuremberg)
SUSE Linux Enterprise, openSUSE, Appliances | GF Markus Rex
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