GCC 3.2 ABI changes

Steve M. Gehlbach steve at nexpath.com
Mon Oct 21 17:23:00 CEST 2002

> > gcc 2.96 is not a real release, more of a redhat branch off the
> 3.0 dev tree
> > that gnu disavows.  There are notes somewhere about this but I couldn't
> > quickly find the link.
> Which is understandable from their point of view, keeping the user base
> at a certain level to gain reliable input. On the other hand back when
> Redhat started using gcc 2.96, it was the only compiler that was
> actually usable on most no-x86 platforms. (This does not apply for the
> first release they packed with their distribution, but anything later
> proved to be worlds better than gcc 2.95, i.e. on Alpha, Sparc, ...
> gcc 2.96 was also the first compiler to support Itanium)

Thanks for the explanation.  I think I got the first release of 2.96.
Didn't work very well and caused quite a ruckus on the net.  I've since
stuck with debian without problems, but I only compile for x86.


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