Bug 430889 - Dependency on specific gcc 4.1.2 version
Dependency on specific gcc 4.1.2 version
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: libtool (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Karsten Hopp
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Reported: 2008-01-30 08:12 EST by Zdenek Kabelac
Modified: 2009-07-14 14:03 EDT (History)
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Description Zdenek Kabelac 2008-01-30 08:12:41 EST
Description of problem:

Is there something special about gcc 4.1.2 that I must have this old compiler
installed on my system ? Is the new libtool now tighten with exact GCC version ?
I'm using gcc-4.3.0-0.5.x86_64 on my system and the update cannot be done.

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Steps to Reproduce:
1.install gcc 4.3
2.try to update to the latest libtool
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Comment 1 Karsten Hopp 2008-01-30 08:48:34 EST
This won't work as libtool has some hardcoded paths pointing p.e. to
/usr/lib/gcc/i386-redhat-linux/4.1.2/ in its files. You need to rebuild libtool
for each major gcc update (small change in the spec file required).

Comment 2 Stepan Kasal 2008-01-31 12:00:51 EST
Libtool is most of all part of the autotools suite, which is a tool for
maintainers to build portable tarballs.  In this context, a dependency on a
particular version of compiler seems really ridiculous.

(In reply to comment #1)
> libtool has some hardcoded paths pointing p.e. to
/usr/lib/gcc/i386-redhat-linux/4.1.2/ in its files.

It is just one file, the script /usr/bin/libtool

The mere existence of this standalone script is a mistake.
[I cannot find a reference right now, but I remember a libtool maintainer has
told me this.]

When you use libtool as part of autotools, you do not use this file at all.  (It
is $(builddir)/libtool which is executed from the makefiles.)

I understand that handling /usr/bin/libtool is a problem.  This script depends
on the particular configuration of the computer at the moment when the libtool
was built/installed.

But I'm not happy with the solution which makes the libtool proper dependent on
a random version of gcc.  (This dependency can easily annoy any developer,
because developer tend to have non-standard combination of versions of things.)

There are other possible solutions:
1) patch /usr/bin/libtool so that it checks the environment when it starts, and
bails out if the reqs are not met
2) move /usr/bin/libtool to a separate package, which would require gcc-4.1.2
3) even removing /usr/bin/libtool would be a solution, fully compatible with the
Fedora tradition "Do what is right, no matter that it might be painful"  :-)
Comment 3 Stepan Kasal 2008-01-31 12:10:25 EST
Sorry, I forgot another option to fix the problem:
4) Patch the installed /usr/bin/libtool to replace the hard-coded info about the
system by runtime checks.
It is probably not possible to do this in general, but it might be possible to
add the checks whose results vary on different versions of Fedora GNU/Linux.
For now, we would just search for a directory matching
/usr/lib/gcc/*-redhat-linux/4.* instead of using the hardwired path.

I'd really like to contribute to get rid of this unfortunate Require, once the
maintainer decides which way to go.  May it be either of those I suggested or a
better one. ;-)
Comment 4 Stepan Kasal 2008-02-03 06:32:35 EST
See also the comments in bug #429880
Comment 5 Bug Zapper 2008-05-14 00:56:04 EDT
Changing version to '9' as part of upcoming Fedora 9 GA.
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