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Subject[PATCH] Revised 2.4 Changes update
After looking at the various other patches that people posted, I've come
up with this revised version of my original...

-Barry K. Nathan <>

diff -ruN linux-2.4.0test10pre5/Documentation/Changes linux-2.4.0test10pre5-bkn/Documentation/Changes
--- linux-2.4.0test10pre5/Documentation/Changes Mon Oct 23 20:20:31 2000
+++ linux-2.4.0test10pre5-bkn/Documentation/Changes Wed Oct 25 11:35:48 2000
@@ -31,7 +31,7 @@
Eine deutsche Version dieser Datei finden Sie unter

-Last updated: October 13, 2000
+Last updated: October 25, 2000

Chris Ricker ( or

@@ -48,7 +48,7 @@
Card) hardware, for example, you probably needn't concern yourself
with pcmcia-cs.

-o Gnu C # gcc --version
+o Gnu C 2.91.66 # gcc --version
o Gnu make 3.77 # make --version
o binutils # ld -v
o util-linux 2.10o # kbdrate -v
@@ -64,13 +64,22 @@

-You will need at least gcc 2.7.2 to compile the kernel. You currently
-have several options for gcc-derived compilers: gcc, various
-versions of egcs, the new gcc 2.95 and upcoming gcc 3.0, and experimental
-compilers like pgcc. For absolute stability, it is still recommended
-that gcc be used to compile your kernel. egcs 1.1.2 should also
-work. gcc 2.95 is known to have problems, and using pgcc for your kernel
-is just asking for trouble.
+The gcc version requirements may vary depending on the type of CPU in your
+computer. The next paragraph applies to users of x86 CPUs, but not
+necessarily to users of other CPUs. Users of other CPUs should obtain
+information about their gcc version requirements from another source.
+The recommended compiler for the kernel is egcs 1.1.2 (gcc 2.91.66), and it
+should be used when you need absolute stability. You may use gcc 2.95.2
+instead if you wish, although it may cause problems. Later versions of gcc
+have not received much testing for Linux kernel compilation, and there are
+almost certainly bugs (mainly, but not exclusively, in the kernel) that
+will need to be fixed in order to use these compilers. In any case, using
+pgcc instead of egcs or plain gcc is just asking for trouble.
+Note that gcc is no longer a supported kernel compiler. The kernel
+no longer works around bugs in gcc and, in fact, will refuse to
+be compiled with it.

In addition, please pay attention to compiler optimization. Anything
greater than -O2 may not be wise. Similarly, if you choose to use gcc-2.95
@@ -85,7 +94,7 @@

-Linux on IA/32 has recently switched from using as86 to using gas for
+Linux on IA-32 has recently switched from using as86 to using gas for
assembling the 16-bit boot code, removing the need for as86 to compile
your kernel. This change does, however, mean that you need a recent
release of binutils.
@@ -245,12 +254,7 @@

-o <>
-o <>
-egcs 1.1.2
+egcs 1.1.2 (gcc 2.91.66)
o <>
o <>
diff -ruN linux-2.4.0test10pre5/README linux-2.4.0test10pre5-bkn/README
--- linux-2.4.0test10pre5/README Wed Oct 25 11:41:30 2000
+++ linux-2.4.0test10pre5-bkn/README Wed Oct 25 11:45:35 2000
@@ -161,12 +161,10 @@

COMPILING the kernel:

- - Make sure you have gcc-2.7.2 or newer available. It seems older gcc
- versions can have problems compiling newer versions of Linux. This
- is mainly because the older compilers can only generate "a.out"-format
- executables. As of Linux 2.1.0, the kernel must be compiled as an
- "ELF" binary. If you upgrade your compiler, remember to get the new
- binutils package too (for as/ld/nm and company).
+ - Make sure you have gcc-2.91.66 (egcs-1.1.2) available. gcc 2.95.2 may
+ also work but is not as safe, and *gcc is no longer supported*.
+ Also remember to upgrade your binutils package (for as/ld/nm and company)
+ if necessary. For more information, refer to ./Documentation/Changes.

Please note that you can still run a.out user programs with this
diff -ruN linux-2.4.0test10pre5/init/main.c linux-2.4.0test10pre5-bkn/init/main.c
--- linux-2.4.0test10pre5/init/main.c Wed Oct 25 11:49:30 2000
+++ linux-2.4.0test10pre5-bkn/init/main.c Wed Oct 25 11:30:18 2000
@@ -73,8 +73,8 @@
* To avoid associated bogus bug reports, we flatly refuse to compile
* with a gcc that is known to be too old from the very beginning.
-#if __GNUC__ < 2 || (__GNUC__ == 2 && __GNUC_MINOR__ < 7)
-#error sorry, your GCC is too old. It builds incorrect kernels.
+#if __GNUC__ < 2 || (__GNUC__ == 2 && __GNUC_MINOR__ < 91)
+#error Sorry, your GCC is too old. It builds incorrect kernels.

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