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Re: Deprecation of powerpc*-*-*spe*

Hi Jakub!

As has been discussed in the
threads and in
the powerpc*-*-*spe* support which has been split into a separate backend
hasn't been given enough maintainance and so is deprecated in GCC 8.

I'm surprised that these topics are hardly ever discussed with downstream
projects like Debian. I am maintaining powerpcspe in Debian and the port
is very stable for us.

There are people running the port on embedded PowerPC e500 systems like
A-EON Tabor A1222 or the powerpc-based Turris router so killing off
gcc support would mean that these people can no longer run an updated
version of Debian on their machines.

I also don't know why the port is considered to be broken. I haven't run
the testsuite for binutils or gcc recently, true, but gcc-8 works just
fine on powerpcspe and is actually the only current compiler we have since
the powerpcspe support in LLVM is incomplete.

Here's the build log of gcc-8 (20180402) built natively on PowerPC e500
just two weeks ago:

Is there anything in the powerpcspe port that is currently making life for
the users or developers of other code harder?


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