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Clementine Jam 04-23-2013 08:57 AM

Slackware 14.0 : GCC 4.7.1 to GCC 4.7.3
Why doesn't Patrick upgrade GCC to 4.7.3 in the stable branch? I think it to be right as it is just a bugfix release, and compiler is a very critical part of the OS, which must contain minimum bugs.

willysr 04-23-2013 09:40 AM

a simple rule: if it doesn't break, don't fix it :)

Clementine Jam 04-23-2013 09:48 AM

i get it, but if it doesn't break, why the maintenance 4.7.3 was released?

ponce 04-23-2013 09:51 AM

have you tried updating it yourself (just to see if anything breaks)?

BTW, only security fixes go in a stable slackware release.

volkerdi 04-23-2013 03:18 PM

If the compiler version isn't the same one used to compile the kernel, you'll be unable to compile kernel modules.

Also, what ponce said. Occasionally bugfixes will go in /patches if it's a bad bug, or if a previous security fix caused regressions. But the place for upgrades like this is in -current. Ongoing development doesn't happen in /patches.

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