[arch-dev-public] New toolchain stuff in testing

Dan McGee dpmcgee at gmail.com
Tue Jun 26 11:57:04 EDT 2007

On 6/24/07, Jan de Groot <jan at jgc.homeip.net> wrote:
> Hi all,
> Andy and I uploaded a new toolchain to testing. This includes a new
> binutils, a new gcc and a new glibc. On AMD64, the old stable 2.17
> binutils doesn't function correctly in all cases with gcc 4.2 and glibc
> 2.6 (I was waiting for a binutils 2.18 release, but it's not coming
> within the next month I'm afraid).
> One big new feature in the new binutils is the support for GNU hashing,
> which is, according to Redhat, 50% faster in symbol lookups when doing
> dynamic linking. The GNU hashing is incompatible with the older hashing.
> There's a way inbetween: supporting both hash styles. The gcc in testing
> enforces both hash styles in the resulting linked binary. This means the
> size increases (I've seen libstdc++.so.6 and libc.so.6 getting increased
> by 10-20KB on a 1-2MB sized binary), but we maintain compatibility with
> other distributions and with our current "old style" glibc whenever
> something gets built with this toolchain. this is also the road taken by
> Debian. As long as binutils 2.17.50.xx isn't a so called stable release,
> we will keep this duplicate hashing style around, we have to decide what
> to do after the 2.18 release of binutils.
> (gcc-fortran will follow later tomorrow btw).
> Have fun testing this new toolchain, please report any bugs you find in
> flyspray.

 No problems here, looks pretty good to me.


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