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SubjectRe: RELEASE BLOCKER: Linux doesn't follow x86/x86-64 ABI wrt direction flag
H.J. Lu wrote:
>>
>> Not a fix, an (optional) workaround for a system bug.
>
> So that is the bug in the Linux kernel. Since fixing kernel is much easier
> than providing a workaround in compilers, I think kernel should be fixed
> and no need for icc/gcc fix.
>

The problem is, you're going to have to be able to produce binaries
compatible with old kernels for a *long* time for come. Are you
honestly saying you'll tell those people "use gcc 4.2 or earlier"? If
so, I think most distros will have to freeze gcc for the next several years.

-hpa


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