Linus Weighs in on Red Hat 7 Compiler Issues
Dec 14, 2000, 22:00 (39 Talkback[s])
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From the Linux kernel mailing list:
Subject: Re: Signal 11
Date: 14 Dec 2000 11:11:28 -0800
From: email@example.com (Linus Torvalds)
Quite frankly, anybody who uses RedHat 7.0 and their broken compiler
for _anything_ is going to have trouble.
I don't know why RH decided to do their idiotic gcc-2.96 release (it
certainly wasn't approved by any technical gcc people - the gcc
people were upset about it too), and I find it even more surprising
that they apparently KNEW that the compiler they were using was
completely broken. They included another (non-broken) compiler, and
called it "kgcc".
"kgcc" stands for "kernel gcc", apparently because (a) they realised
that a miscompiled kernel is even worse than miscompiling some random
user applications and (b) gcc-2.96 is so broken that it requires
special libraries for C++ vtable chunks handling that is different,
so the _working_ gcc can only be used with programs that do not need
such library support. Namely the kernel.
In case it wasn't obvious yet, I consider RedHat-7.0 to be basically
unusable as a development platform, and I hope RH downgrades their
compiler to something that works better RSN. It apparently has
problems compiling stuff like the CVS snapshots of X etc too (and
obviously, anything you compile under gcc-2.96 is not likely to work
anywhere else except with the broken libraries).