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Re: [PATCH] Fix in-srcdir build of gcc


As I am a proponent of "principle of least surprise"

I am too. Unfortunately this patch on one hand makes ./configure work for gcc, on the other hand it makes it more "surprising" for binutils/gdb. I am especially concerned about gdb, because of the two it is the one that is most likely to be built by casual users doing "./configure && make".


In-srcdir toplevel bootstrap definitely won't work without a patch such as this, because it wants to symlink or rename directories (e.g. stage2-gcc is linked to gcc, and stage1-gcc is linked to prev-gcc). But maybe for the non-bootstrap case (and for gcc), it is enough on systems that support symlinks to symlink the current directory to the host directory. This would be better for the "principle of least surprise".

(Another remark on the changes to target libraries: newlib and winsup are not affected because they do not special host tools, like fastjar for libjava, and neither do they need to access tm.h in the gcc directory, like libobjc).

Paolo


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