Old kernels and new compilers
Posted Aug 24, 2006 6:22 UTC (Thu) by eru
Parent article: Old kernels and new compilers
It is getting increasingly hard to find a current distribution with a compiler old enough to build 2.4 kernels, so these administrators are finding themselves in a bit of a bind. A 2.4 kernel which could be compiled with a current gcc would allow current systems to be used to build kernels for deployment on stable, production systems, many of which may not have their own compilers installed at all.
A bit odd argument: It is quite easy to install an older GCC sufficient for
building a kernel with it, especially since you only have to build
the C part, not C++ etc. Building the C support of, say, GCC 2.95.3 takes
less time than konfiguring and building a 2.4 kernel...
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