Remove obsolete Solaris 8 support

Rainer Orth ro@CeBiTec.Uni-Bielefeld.DE
Mon Mar 12 18:49:00 GMT 2012

Mike Stump <> writes:

> On Mar 12, 2012, at 10:44 AM, Rainer Orth wrote:
>> Since even extended support for Solaris 8 ends by March 31st, this patch
>> removes Solaris 8 support from mainline.
> One of the nice things about gcc is that gcc usually still works, long
> after a vendor has abandoned a machine.  I rather like that gcc will
> just work, unlike vendor software, which often says, please buy a new
> machine.  One doesn't have to remove support in gcc for something,
> just because a vendor doesn't support it.  That said, truly crufty
> things, should go.

No need to tell me, that's why I've been keeping the IRIX and OSF ports
going for so long, sort of like an OS archaeologist :-)  But both for
those and Solaris 8, the time has come where maintaining them is more
trouble than it's worth, as can be seen by the contortions I had to go
through to even find a machine still capable of running Solaris 8/x86.


Rainer Orth, Center for Biotechnology, Bielefeld University

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