Deprecate i386 for GCC 4.8?

Richard Biener
Thu Dec 13 11:02:00 GMT 2012

On Thu, Dec 13, 2012 at 11:43 AM, John Marino <> wrote:
> On 12/13/2012 11:11, Richard Biener wrote:
>> They are stuck with pre-GPLv3 GCC compilers anyway.
>> ISTR we changed the default i?86 triple from i386 to i586 for 4.6, so we
>> are already half-way through the deprecation.  I'd say simply go ahead.
>> Note that i386-freebsd is still listed as primary architecture though, so
>> something has to be done about that first.  Steering Commitee please?
>> (I'd say drop *-freebsd from the list of primary/secondary archs entirely
>> given that they are not at all happy with GPLv3 and not using still
>> maintained
>> compilers)
> Both NetBSD and DragonFly BSD use GPLv3 compilers in their base systems.
> FreeBSD ports have every modern version of GCC in them, nothing stops a user
> from building and using the latest GCC on FreeBSD (Note the ports are well
> maintained).
> FreeBSD and DragonFly (at least) have already dropped i386 support, it's an
> alias for i486.  I don't know about NetBSD or OpenBSD.
> I don't speak for FreeBSD, but dropping them from Tier 1 support because
> they don't use a GPLv3 *BASE* compiler is a bit vindictive.

Well, I'm fine with changing it to i486-freebsd - just keeping i386-freebsd
listed but deprecating i386 looks odd.


> John

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