GSoC Blog Post 0 - GCCprefab build system

Damian Rouson
Tue Jun 14 11:16:16 GMT 2022

On Mon, Jun 13, 2022 at 8:27 AM Jonathan Wakely via Fortran <> wrote:

> It doesn't include them, but they are standard system packages that
> everybody can install without downloading the sources and building
> them from scratch.

unless the person is on a system on which they are not preinstalled and a
system for which the person doesn’t have the sudo privileges that package
managers often require.  What I’m describing is the norm for a lot of
government employees and even many people at private corporations with
strict security policies.  For what it’s worth, I’ve been assisting someone
who contacted me with this very issue over the past few days.  Building the
entire stack from source is the least painful option for this person.

You still need to have the other prerequisites listed at

That is a long and daunting list for a newcomer.  I’ve listened to gfortran
developers describe building gfortran as “easy” for more than a decade
now.  Simply
saying it’s easy doesn’t make it so. I don’t know that I’ve ever met
someone who described the process as easy unless that person was a gfortran



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