I'm using this to track issues related to including GMP/MPFR in the GCC source tree and building these libraries as part of the bootstrap process.
Initial discussion started here:
Initial patch posted here:
I'm very interested in that. I think it would really benefit the compiler: the Fortran front-end would gain much in stability (and ease of installation) and the C front-end could also benefit from this (as mentionned in PR29335).
What's worrying me a bit is the versioning of MPFR. I'm writing it here because Vincent is in the Cc list of this bug, so maybe he can answer. The last MPFR release is dated 2005-09-09, and since then only patches without version information have been posted. That means we have no way to identify the MPFR library used exactly, to work around potential bugs or require fine-grained minimal version. Vincent, would it be possible that some version number is increased every time a patch is posted, so that the current version would be 2.2.16 or something like that?
(In reply to comment #2)
> What's worrying me a bit is the versioning of MPFR.
Note that GMP is similar.
> Vincent, would it be possible that some version number is increased every
> time a patch is posted, so that the current version would be 2.2.16 or
> something like that?
There has been a very short discussion about that last year:
The problem is that it is not that simple. First, for some reasons, not all patches committed to the 2.2 branch are put on the 2.2.0 web page, so that the future 2.2.1 version will not just be 2.2.0 + the patches provided on the web page. We could provide another way to identify the patches, but as said in the cited URL, this could be done only as of MPFR 2.3.0 (possibly except if one decides just to add a macro to mpfr.h for this purpose). The main problem is that one may want to apply some patches, but not others, or identify builds from the Subversion repository... For instance, the macro could contain a group of tags (e.g. the name of the patches and possibly some other information). But how would this macro be used by gcc and other software? Would a group of tags be useful, or too complex?
I think we're converging on not including these libraries in the GCC tree, but rather to require the user to be responsible for getting them.
Either way, GCC can always rely on MPFR being available, and I can start using it in the middle-end.