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PATCH mingw32 MD_STARTFILE_PREFIX was a bad idea.

A year ago, I asked that MD_STARTFILE_PREFIX be defined for mingw32 to enable GCC to be installed in any directory. Mingw32 does not have a /lib, so the usual GCC searches don't work.

In that time, this patch has been a continuing source of bug reports and subtle problems.

With the MD_STARTFILE_PREFIX macro defined to /mingw/lib, a search path like this results:

Since /mingw/lib is searched before $PREFIX/lib, this often causes the wrong versions of gcc libraries, such as libstdc++-v3, to be linked against. While this is not the behavior the documentation seemed to indicate to me*, it seems to be the intended behavior, according to a comment in config/i386/sco5.h**.

* "MD_STARTFILE_PREFIX If defined, this macro supplies an additional prefix to try after the standard prefixes. MD_EXEC_PREFIX is not searched when the -b option is used, or when the compiler is built as a cross compiler."

** ". . . We get /usr/gnu/lib first by virtue of the MD_STARTFILE_PREFIX below."

As near as I can tell, the only way to fix this is to remove this macro and give up being able to install a mingw GCC to any directory. This means having to install the libc (mingw runtime or otherwise) into any directory you'd like to install GCC into before you build GCC.

Aaron W. LaFramboise

2004-06-10 Aaron W. LaFramboise <>

* config/i386/mingw32.h (MD_STARTFILE_PREFIX): Remove.

Index: gcc/gcc/config/i386/mingw32.h
RCS file: /cvsroot/gcc/gcc/gcc/config/i386/mingw32.h,v
retrieving revision 1.35
diff -c -3 -p -r1.35 mingw32.h
*** gcc/gcc/config/i386/mingw32.h	26 Sep 2003 03:46:06 -0000	1.35
--- gcc/gcc/config/i386/mingw32.h	8 Jun 2004 05:59:01 -0000
*************** Boston, MA 02111-1307, USA.  */
*** 69,78 ****
  #define STARTFILE_SPEC "%{shared|mdll:dllcrt2%O%s} \
    %{!shared:%{!mdll:crt2%O%s}} %{pg:gcrt2%O%s}"

- /* An additional prefix to try after the standard prefixes.  */
- #define MD_STARTFILE_PREFIX "/mingw/lib/"
  /* Output STRING, a string representing a filename, to FILE.
     We canonicalize it to be in Unix format (backslashes are replaced
     forward slashes.  */
--- 69,74 ----

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