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Primary/Secondary Platforms for 4.3
- From: Mark Mitchell <mark at codesourcery dot com>
- To: GCC <gcc at gcc dot gnu dot org>
- Date: Sun, 01 Oct 2006 12:29:29 -0700
- Subject: Primary/Secondary Platforms for 4.3
[This is a copy of the mail I sent to the SC regarding primary and
secondary platforms for 4.3. I tried to get everyone's input included;
if I left anything out, it was an oversight. Please feel free to
contact the SC directly, or to ask me to forward additional information,
if you have other input, or if you disagree with my suggestions.]
I think the SC should review and revise the list of primary and
secondary platforms in preparation for the GCC 4.3 release cycle. The
current lists (for 4.2) are here:
The meaning of the primary and secondary terms is also on that page. The
key idea is that primary platforms should be very solid in our releases,
and that secondary platforms should "mostly work". Of course, we want
all platforms to work well, but it's useful to have some criteria to
help steer releases.
This section has my personal recommendations, based on feedback from the
GCC developer mailing list. I don't think there were any very strong
objections to this proposal when I sent it to the developers, but I'm
not representing this as a universal consensus; it's just my opinion. In
the next section are other suggestions that I received, but which I
don't personally endorse. I have included them here because I think
it's important that the SC see the feedback, even if I didn't personally
The key changes I'm suggesting are:
* Change ARM ELF to ARM EABI, since most of the ARM community is now
using the EABI variant on bare metal.
* Downgrade PowerPC AIX to secondary, in view of the fact that the
community seems to be more focused on PowerPC GNU/Linux than on AIX at
* Downgrade HPPA HP-UX to secondary, in view of the fact that HPPA chips
have been EOL'd.
* Replace MIPS ELF with MIPSISA64 ELF, at the suggestion of the MIPS
maintainers, to provide support for both 32-bit and 64-bit MIPS.
* Downgrade PowerPC Darwin to secondary, since Apple has EOL'd that
* Add PowerPC GNU/Linux and IA32 Darwin as primary.
* Add IA32 Windows as secondary.
Here are the suggestions that I'm not endorsing personally, but which I
would like to pass along:
* Make AVR a secondary platform
* Replace the MIPS "bare metal" platform with a GNU/Linux platform.
* Make S/390 GNU/Linux a secondary platform
* Make both Intel and PowerPC Darwin primary platforms since they are
widely used platforms.
* Remove both Intel and PowerPC Darwin from even secondary status, since
the Apple versions of the compiler are sufficiently different from the
FSF versions that the FSF versions may not really work well on Apple's
* Keep HPPA HP-UX as primary, or, perhaps, replace it with Itanium HP-UX.
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