Jerry McAllister jerrymc at msu.edu
Thu Mar 31 13:40:01 UTC 2011

On Wed, Mar 30, 2011 at 10:10:44PM -0500, Adam Vande More wrote:

> On Wed, Mar 30, 2011 at 9:06 PM, Gary Dunn <knowtree at aloha.com> wrote:
> > When will we bump the version of gcc? On my fresh 8.2 build it is 4.2.1.
> > The ports tree has newer, up to 4.7.0 dated 19 Mar 2011.
> >
> Probably never, as GPL 3 code isn't allowed in the base system.  There have
> been some optimizations backported to gcc in CURRENT that add in stuff like
> newer instruction sets I believe.

eg.  If you want a newer gcc, such as the one in ports, then go 
ahead and install it.   The system uses a FreeBSD c compiler, not gcc.


> The base system compiler is moving towards clang/llvm and it's now possible
> to run a clang kernel/world on CURRENT.  Efforts are underway to change the
> ports system to allow for a more pluggable compiler eg
> clang/gcc44/gcc45/gcc46.
> -- 
> Adam Vande More
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