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RE: Removal of support for GCC hosted on UWIN

>-----Original Message-----
>From: Alexandre Oliva []
>Sent: 09 January 2001 09:14
>On Jan  9, 2001, Mark Mitchell <> wrote:
>> Note that GCC is merely a special case: it is a violation of the GPL
>> to link *any* GPL'd program with the U/WIN support library.
>I don't even know what U/WIN is but, AFAIK, the GNU GPL only covers
>the *distribution* of GNU GPLed programs or libraries.  Linking with a
>proprietary library is legal, as long as you don't redistribute the
>result of the linking.
>I understand the removing support from U/WIN is a form of making it
>harder for someone to violate the GNU GPL, but I thought I'd point out
>that anyone is free to take the patch you're about to remove, install
>it in their own GCC source tree and build GCC for their own use.

  Wouldn't it be possible to just disable statically linking the shared lib?
Wouldn't that make it impossible to violate the GPL but allow the target
support to be retained ?  [Please note that asking this question alas does
not amount to an offer to do the work - sorry!]

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