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Re: RC5 build issues on various platforms

From: Ben Pfaff
Subject: Re: RC5 build issues on various platforms
Date: Tue, 02 Aug 2005 19:23:45 -0700
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John Darrington <address@hidden> writes:

> I suggest that we don't spend time on these problems.  Frankly, I'm beginning 
> to think that it's a gcc problem rather than our own problem.
> I suggest that we just mention in the release notes that problems have been 
> reported on Solaris, and recommend that Solaris users compile with 
> CFLAGS="-g -O0".
> Similarly with the Mac issue just mention that the Mac gcc 4.0.0 must be 
> build 5026 and that build 4061 causes problems.

Yes, I agree that we shouldn't let these minor problems hold up
release.  I'm going to release 0.4.0 tomorrow, I think, barring
anything more important coming up.

I added those notes to INSTALL:

+A few system-specific issues have been noted.  These may be PSPP bugs
+or system bugs; we have not yet been able to track them down precisely:
+    * On Solaris, one or more tests may fail `make check'.  We have
+      only seen this reported on Solaris 9 with GCC 3.4.2.  Our
+      reporter says that turning off optimization (with -O0) at least
+      masked the symptoms.
+    * On Mac OS X, GCC 4.0.0 build 4061 has been observed to cause
+      some tests to fail.  Later builds should work fine.

> I haven't tried RC5 under GNU/Hurd yet.  I'll try to do that in the next few 
> days.

Okay.  I don't think there's reason to wait for that, though:
Hurd is not a very important target.  (Uh-oh, RMS is going to
come after me for that.)
"There's only one thing that will make them stop hating you.
 And that's being so good at what you do that they can't ignore you.
 I told them you were the best.  Now you damn well better be."
--Orson Scott Card, _Ender's Game_

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