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Weapon S 07-16-2012 12:54 PM

Separate GCC installation... or not
Hi folks,
first off a little disclaimer: I'm in no way a coding expert, just a hobbyist. I'm used to MinGW on Windows. I'm iusing Debian now.
One of the perks MinGW on Windows is that the system can be agnostic about the compiler (and libraries compiled for that compiler). Long story short: I'd like a similar setup in Linux so I can use the latest versions of the compiler and libraries.
Has anybody any experience with this? Is it common? I think I'd end up with libc and stdc++ libraries different from the system's.(Need to statically link, I guess.) This seems to suggest it is certainly possible. (Seems like I need to download all associated tools as well.)
Or am I overcomplicating things? Could a secondary installation coexist on the system? (gcc-4.3 and 4.4 are both installed...) Or should I forget about the compiler and just focus on the libraries? (Which can coexist with the non-developer equivalents of which the packages are installed.) Or should I just upgrade to the unstable distribution and let the system handle everything?
Well, any advice or experience is welcome.

amani 07-16-2012 01:01 PM

Then use Fedora 17 or Debian testing (change apt repos file)

Weapon S 07-27-2012 05:43 AM

The newer Debians don't like my old hardware... I'll look into downloading separate dev libs again...

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