[PATCH] Raise the minimum GCC version to 5.2

Christophe Leroy christophe.leroy at csgroup.eu
Tue May 4 16:33:28 AEST 2021

Le 04/05/2021 à 07:30, Alexander Dahl a écrit :
> Hello Arnd,
> Am Mon, May 03, 2021 at 11:25:21AM +0200 schrieb Arnd Bergmann:
>> On Mon, May 3, 2021 at 9:35 AM Alexander Dahl <ada at thorsis.com> wrote:
>>> Desktops and servers are all nice, however I just want to make you
>>> aware, there are embedded users forced to stick to older cross
>>> toolchains for different reasons as well, e.g. in industrial
>>> environment. :-)
>>> This is no show stopper for us, I just wanted to let you be aware.
>> Can you be more specific about what scenarios you are thinking of,
>> what the motivations are for using an old compiler with a new kernel
>> on embedded systems, and what you think a realistic maximum
>> time would be between compiler updates?
> One reason might be certification. For certain industrial applications
> like support for complex field bus protocols, you need to get your
> devices tested by an external partner running extensive test suites.
> This is time consuming and expensive.
> Changing the toolchain of your system then, would be a massive change
> which would require recertification, while you could argue just
> updating a single component like the kernel and building everything
> again, does not require the whole testing process again.

Not sure to follow you.

Our company provides systems for Air Trafic Control, so we have the same kind of assurance quality 
process, but then I can't understand why you would need to upgrade your kernel at all.

Today our system is based on GCC 5 and Kernel 4.14. At the time being we are using GCC 5.5 (Latest 
GCC 5) and kernel 4.14.232 (Latest 4.14.y). Kernel 4.14 is maintained until 2024.

The day we do an upgrade, we upgrade everything including the tool chain then we go for another 6 
years without major changes/re-qualification, because we can't afford a new qualitication every now 
and then.

So really, I can't see your approach.


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