[PATCH] Raise the minimum GCC version to 5.2

Michal Suchánek msuchanek at suse.de
Tue May 4 19:22:25 AEST 2021

On Tue, May 04, 2021 at 10:38:32AM +0200, Miguel Ojeda wrote:
> On Tue, May 4, 2021 at 9:57 AM Ben Dooks <ben.dooks at codethink.co.uk> wrote:
> >
> > Some of us are a bit stuck as either customer refuses to upgrade
> > their build infrastructure or has paid for some old but safety
> > blessed version of gcc. These often lag years behind the recent
> > gcc releases :(
> In those scenarios, why do you need to build mainline? Aren't your
> customers using longterm or frozen kernels? If they are paying for
> certified GCC images, aren't they already paying for supported kernel
> images from some vendor too?
> I understand where you are coming from -- I have also dealt with
> projects/machines running ancient, unsupported software/toolchains for
> various reasons; but nobody expected upstream (and in particular the
> mainline kernel source) to support them. In the cases I experienced,
> those use cases require not touching anything at all, and when the
> time came of doing so, everything would be updated at once,
> re-certified/validated as needed and frozen again.

Except it makes answering the question "Is this bug we see on this
ancient system still present in upstream?" needlessly more difficult to

Sure, throwing out old compiler versions that are known to cause
problems makes sense. Updating to latest just because much less so.

One of the selling point of C in general and gcc in particular is
stability. If we need the latest compiler we can as well rewrite the
kernel in Rust which has a required update cycle of a few months.

Because some mainline kernel features rely on bleeding edge tools I end
up building mainline with current tools anyway but if you do not need
BTF or whatever other latest gimmick older toolchains should do.



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