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Subject: Re: Proposal to update GCC for ARM

Re: Proposal to update GCC for ARM

From: Thomas Martitz <>
Date: Mon, 08 Mar 2010 21:49:28 +0100

Am 08.03.2010 21:34, schrieb Daniel Stenberg:
> On Mon, 8 Mar 2010, Thomas Martitz wrote:
>> it could mean that we might be able to not brew our own toolchain
>> anymore, but instead let people be able to use the one their distro
>> provides soon.
> We don't "brew our own" and we never did. We just use fixed version
> combos, and we patch a few problems with them.

Yes sure. I meant "brew our own" as in we are not able to use upstream
as is, but that's not strictly our fault.

> I suggest that if or when we change version, we change to another
> fixed combo so that we know that it is a working set.

That was my plan.

> Also, I very much doubt that people will be able to "use the one their
> distro provides" with Rockbox very widely as in the past that has just
> lead to a lot of bad faces and broken binaries. Mostly that is because
> our build system and view of what a compiler set does is usually not
> the same as the view the distro-packagers have that put together
> cross-compilers.
> Of course we can also alter our build setup etc to better adjust to
> such compiler sets.

I can't follow your last sentence.

>> Are there any opinions?
> I'm rather indifferent. To me it seems there's no particularly strong
> reason to switch, so thus it is easier not to switch. But this is not
> a strong sentiment.

Well, I think the huge binsize win on most of our ARM targets is a good

Best regards.
Received on 2010-03-08

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