can't install/compile gcc-3.2

Matt Zimmerman mdz at
Wed Sep 29 09:03:28 UTC 2004

On Wed, Sep 29, 2004 at 10:42:43AM +0200, Stefan Kluth wrote:

> I seem to be finding the wholes in universe ... The background is that I
> am investigating ubuntu as a distro for our lab (>100 users, heavy
> scientific use and code development) and being able to have several
> versions of gcc is important for us.  So I try

Being able to have several versions, or having specific versions?  Is there
particular value for you in version 3.2?  The default gcc that we provide
(3.3) is on the whole superior to 3.2 and compatible with it.

> Let's try to build gnat first (although I have absolutely no idea why we
> need an ADA compiler to build gcc ... )

gcc is the GNU Compiler Collection, and one of the compilers included is an
ADA compiler, written (of course) in ADA. :-)

> Now I am stuck trying the "official" procedure to build gcc.  I know I can
> download a tarball and build directly, but that defeats the purpose of
> using a decent distro.

gcc is by nature inconvenient to bootstrap, requiring compilers in order to
be built.  You can probably bootstrap gcc-3.2 using gcc-3.3 if you truly
need it.

 - mdz

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