Can you switch from CLang back to gcc in FreeBSD 10.0

Frank Leonhardt frank2 at
Wed Jan 8 23:37:23 UTC 2014

On 08/01/2014 22:58, RW wrote:
> On Wed, 08 Jan 2014 20:46:22 +0000
> Frank Leonhardt wrote:
>> I've been dreading this for over a year now.
> Any particular reason why you have to build the base system with gcc?
>> It's going to reach
>> critical soon. FreeBSD 10 is dropping gcc in favour of Clang
> I don't think that's quite true:
>    <>

As I understand it (and I haven't tried it, hence my question), all that 
does is build gcc along with the other stuff. It doesn't make gcc the 
default (only) compiler. Sean's editing of /etc/make.conf goes some way 
- or even hacking However, /usr/bin/cc wouldn't be linked to gcc 
for a start, and there will be much more besides. I was hoping someone 
might have script for fixing it all up.

I don't necessarily want to build everything using gcc. I'd be just 
happy with pcc instead. It's just a personal preference which I'd be 
happy to discuss off-list, but won't get in to as language arguments eat 

Regards, Frank.

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