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Re: Ada gcc compiler for ia64-hp-openvms

On 04/28/2017 06:47 PM, David Edelsohn wrote:
> On Thu, Apr 27, 2017 at 10:55 AM, David SAUVAGE - AdaLabs Ltd
> <> wrote:
>> Dear GCC Steering Committee,
>> I am David, founder of AdaLabs Ltd, a software engineering startup
>> having expertise in Ada programming language technologies. As a summary,
>> we would like to know if gcc has interest in an assignment of copyright
>> to FSF from our work. We are not used to this process, and are kindly
>> soliciting your support on this task. Our work is about Ada compiler
>> support on GCC for OpenVMS.
>> AdaLabs Ltd ( and PIA-SOFER SARL
>> ( have worked hard to make Ada available again on
>> OpenVMs using GCC (ia64-hp-openvms). Both entities share ownership,
>> while AdaLabs is also the author of the work.
>> Our work is based on gcc-4.7.4, and consists in building a gcc compiler
>> for openvms ia64 (through native, cross and canadian build, starting
>> from x86_64-linux-gnu to finally reach ia64-hp-openvms). The
>> modifications are of two flavours:
>> - patches to make the builds successful (in native, cross and canadian
>> builds)
>> - patches/backports to implement Ada/VMS related features, that are
>> present in gcc version after gcc-4.7.4 (in native, cross and canadian
>> builds).
>> In the case you are interested in our copyright assignment proposal, we
>> would be pleased to continue this process.
>> In the case you are not interested in our copyright assignment proposal,
>> we would be pleased if you could advise us on the best way to make our
>> work available to the GNU/FSF community, especially concerning the
>> licenses and copyrights management.
>> I am at your disposal concerning any information you may need to take a
>> stand concerning this proposal.
> Hi, David
> The GCC Community always is open to considering patches to support new
> languages, new targets and new features.
> When you say that the work is based on GCC 4.7.4, does that mean that
> the patches are relative to GCC 4.7.4, as opposed to the current
> development version of GCC?
> GCC only accepts patches relative to the current development sources.
> Patches for bug fixes can be considered for backporting to an actively
> maintained branch, but GCC does not accept patches for completely new
> features to a release branch.  Also, GCC 4.7 initially was released 5
> years ago and no longer accepts patches.
> Does the offer include continued support and maintenance of Ada/VMS to
> ensure that it continues to function?  The GCC community requires
> someone to assume responsibility for the continued function of the new
> feature.
> Can you clarify some of the details of the offer?
> Thanks, David

Great thanks for your feedbacks David,
we will revert soon


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