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SubjectRe: Kernel 2.2.17 with RedHat 7 Problem !
On Sun, Oct 22, 2000 at 05:43:30PM -0400, Gregory Maxwell wrote:
> Due to bugs in the Linux kernel, it may only be compiled by certain versions
> of GCC. GCC 2.7.2 or EGCS 1.1.2 are only supported compilers
> (linux/Documentation/Changes).
> Unfortunately, 2.7.2 and EGCS 1.1.2 are really crappy C++ compilers so many
> distributions are beginning to ship GCC 2.95 and later. Those distributions
> typically include an alternative gcc for compiling the kernel. RedHat has
> kgcc, and you should compile the kernel with that

I am using gcc 2.95.2 from its release, and i doesn't encounter any problems
on kernel compilation. Yes, i saw compiling problems on mailing lists, but i
think, that gcc 2.95.2 should be used widely as kernel compiler. It's better
than forcing users to have old (even 2.95.2 is now year old), or to
have 2 compilers - one for 'normal' programs, second for compiling kernel.
It's more stable than gcc 2.95(.1), much more stable than pgcc,*cc, and its
millenia far from gcc 2.96 snapshot. It will be nice to point in Changes
*explicitly*, that gcc 2.96 will not work, that gcc 2.95.2 will work in most
cases, and if it will not (or if error in runtime), try to use egcs-whatever or
gcc 2.7.2.*. Gcc 2.95.2 (in fact anything > is there compared as equal to
pgcc, which is unfair.

Jan Dvorak <>

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