[Bug middle-end/45508] New: Does adding configure-options for specs-hardcoding make sense?

nicolai dot stange at zmaw dot de gcc-bugzilla@gcc.gnu.org
Thu Sep 2 19:48:00 GMT 2010

Hi everybody,

I'm not involved in any gcc development nor am I familiar with gcc and its
components and thus, the attached patch is just a place to start from if you
agree with me that my request for adding more control over the specs via
configure options makes sense.

My problem is this one:
At our site, we provide many versions of several compilers, including the great
GCC, at non-standard locations. The problem is with the runtime search paths
for the libgcc_s, ...: The runtime linker always finds the most wrong one: The
one from Blastwave in /opt/csw/lib (this is Solaris-specific, but if it were
Linux or sth. other, it would also find the wrong libgcc_s, shipped with the
distribution, or none at all). 

Asking the kind guys in #gcc at freenode, they told me that I might want to
supply a specs file. Hmm, I want to set site-wide specs for all users
transparently. Reading the sourcecode of gcc, I recognized that I can put a
complete specs file to <gcc_prefix>/lib/gcc/<target>/<version>/specs.
(I didn't find any documentation about that feature, so maybe this lack of docs
is another bug?).

But this solution has two drawbacks for me:
- I'm bootstrapping and the linking of the runtime libraries for the target
would not be influenced by placing this specs-file _after_ installation. Ok, I
could go with LDFLAGS_FOR_TARGET, but this would make the whole thing more
non-convenient (at least in my opionion).
- Creating that specs-file for every GCC-release makes automating the GCC
deployment harder: At first I have to check if the default-specs are still the
same, the I have to modify them to insert a runtime search path for the new
installation location and then I have to put it at the right location. It seems
that I have to exercise some bash/sed/diff/m4-tasks...

Another solution would be this:
Adding a --with-link-libgcc-specs option to the configure in the
gcc-subdirectory, I could configure gcc with
(btw: "-R" is the "-rpath"-equivalent of the Sun Linker on Solaris)

If this user-supplied spec would be prepended/appended to the default
link_libgcc spec, all would be fine.

The attached patch is for link_libgcc spec only, but maybe altering the other
specs by configure-options might be useful for other people under other
circumstances, too?

Please note again, that the attached patch is just a quick hack, if you agree
to add those options, one should have a closer look.

Best wishes


           Summary: Does adding configure-options for specs-hardcoding make
           Product: gcc
           Version: 4.5.1
            Status: UNCONFIRMED
          Severity: normal
          Priority: P3
         Component: middle-end
        AssignedTo: unassigned at gcc dot gnu dot org
        ReportedBy: nicolai dot stange at zmaw dot de
 GCC build triplet: sparc-sun-solaris2.10
  GCC host triplet: sparc-sun-solaris2.10
GCC target triplet: sparc-sun-solaris2.10


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