[PING, PATCH] doc, d: Add note that D front end now requires GDC installed in order to bootstrap.

Iain Buclaw ibuclaw@gdcproject.org
Tue Nov 30 17:00:39 GMT 2021


Ping.

Excerpts from Iain Buclaw's message of November 18, 2021 2:06 am:
> Hi,
> 
> As asked for, this adds the documentation note in install.texi about the
> upcoming bootstrap requirements.
> 
> Obviously this will be applied alongside the patch posted previously:
> 
> https://gcc.gnu.org/pipermail/gcc-patches/2021-October/582917.html
> 
> Final batch of testing before proceeding has taking a bit longer than I
> expected.  Currently bootstrapping on sparcv9-sun-solaris2.11, and will
> push forward once have confirmed that it works as well as the current
> C++ implementation of the D front end.
> 
> OK for mainline?  Any improvements on wording?
> 
> Thanks,
> Iain.
> 
> ---
> gcc/ChangeLog:
> 
> 	* doc/install.texi (Prerequisites): Add note that D front end now
> 	requires GDC installed in order to bootstrap.
> 	(Building): Add D compiler section, referencing prerequisites.
> ---
>  gcc/doc/install.texi | 28 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
>  1 file changed, 28 insertions(+)
> 
> diff --git a/gcc/doc/install.texi b/gcc/doc/install.texi
> index 094469b9a4e..6f999a2fd5a 100644
> --- a/gcc/doc/install.texi
> +++ b/gcc/doc/install.texi
> @@ -289,6 +289,25 @@ Ada runtime libraries. You can check that your build environment is clean
>  by verifying that @samp{gnatls -v} lists only one explicit path in each
>  section.
>  
> +@item @anchor{GDC-prerequisite}GDC
> +
> +In order to build GDC, the D compiler, you need a working GDC
> +compiler (GCC version 9.1 or later), as the D front end is written in D.
> +
> +Versions of GDC prior to 12 can be built with an ISO C++11 compiler, which can
> +then be installed and used to bootstrap newer versions of the D front end.
> +
> +It is strongly recommended to use an older version of GDC to build GDC. More
> +recent versions of GDC than the version built are not guaranteed to work and
> +will often fail during the build with compilation errors relating to
> +deprecations or removed features.
> +
> +Note that @command{configure} does not test whether the GDC installation works
> +and has a sufficiently recent version.  Though the implementation of the D
> +front end does not make use of any GDC-specific extensions, or novel features
> +of the D language, if too old a GDC version is installed and
> +@option{--enable-languages=d} is used, the build will fail.
> +
>  @item A ``working'' POSIX compatible shell, or GNU bash
>  
>  Necessary when running @command{configure} because some
> @@ -2977,6 +2996,15 @@ and network filesystems.
>  @uref{prerequisites.html#GNAT-prerequisite,,GNAT prerequisites}.
>  @end ifhtml
>  
> +@section Building the D compiler
> +
> +@ifnothtml
> +@ref{GDC-prerequisite}.
> +@end ifnothtml
> +@ifhtml
> +@uref{prerequisites.html#GDC-prerequisite,,GDC prerequisites}.
> +@end ifhtml
> +
>  @section Building with profile feedback
>  
>  It is possible to use profile feedback to optimize the compiler itself.  This
> -- 
> 2.30.2
> 
> 


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