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Old 04-23-2013, 08:57 AM   #1
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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.
 
Old 04-23-2013, 09:40 AM   #2
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a simple rule: if it doesn't break, don't fix it
 
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Old 04-23-2013, 09:48 AM   #3
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i get it, but if it doesn't break, why the maintenance 4.7.3 was released?
 
Old 04-23-2013, 09:51 AM   #4
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have you tried updating it yourself (just to see if anything breaks)?

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

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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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