Bug 22080 - RedHat 7 Ships with Gcc 2.96
RedHat 7 Ships with Gcc 2.96
Status: CLOSED NOTABUG
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: gcc (Show other bugs)
7.0
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Jakub Jelinek
David Lawrence
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Reported: 2000-12-11 17:27 EST by Mark Cuss
Modified: 2007-04-18 12:30 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2000-12-11 17:27:09 EST
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Description Mark Cuss 2000-12-11 17:27:06 EST
RedHat 7 ships with GCC version 2.96.  After experiencing compatability 
issues with this software, some research and contacts uncovered the fact 
that GCC v2.96 is a beta version of the new and upcoming GCC v3 and was 
never intended to be released as a development suite and is not forward or 
backward compatable with previous or upcoming versions.  

Check out http://gcc.gnu.org/gcc-2.96.html for more information

Why was Redhat 7, touted as a development platform, shipped with a never 
meant to be released version of the C compiler?
Comment 1 Jakub Jelinek 2000-12-11 17:40:12 EST
If you encounter any bugs, please file them here, but the fact that we have
released this compiler is not a bug, it was intentional, see
Richard Henderson's explanation in lwn.net archives for why we decided
to ship this.
If you talk about C++ binary compatibility, then no g++ so far
has been compatible with other major g++ version (2.7.x vs. 2.91
vs 2.95.x etc.).
C should be binary compatible on ia32 (maybe with exceptions of
-mregparm in some cases).

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