[fpc-pascal] Re: problems compiling FPC

Mark Morgan Lloyd markMLl.fpc-pascal at telemetry.co.uk
Wed Oct 17 13:43:00 CEST 2012

Reinier Olislagers wrote:
> On 17-10-2012 12:49, Mark Morgan Lloyd wrote:
>> Graeme Geldenhuys wrote:
>>> On 2012-10-17 10:10, Mark Morgan Lloyd wrote:
>>>> Some slack would be desirable: stable is 2.6.0 but there are known
>>>> issues which are fixed by 2.6.1.
>>> Nope, the FPC developers made the rules quite clear! Not even the fixes
>>> branch is guaranteed to compile FPC Trunk. ONLY the last released FPC is
>>> guaranteed. I have even stumbled over this too, where the fixes branch
>>> couldn't compile FPC Trunk, but the latest released version could.
>> Graeme, I know what policy is. However I'd point out that right now you
>> /need/ 2.6.1 to compile FPC for SPARC due to code generation issues, and
>> there have previously been similar problems with ARM while FP stuff was
>> work-in-progress.
>> So saying "if it won't compile with stable then sod off" isn't helpful.
> Mark, I understand what you mean.
> Regardless of the way Graeme put his point, I think having:
> - a rough check on latest stable compiler
> - a way to force the makefile to override the check for people who need
> this such as SPARC users)
> will lessen the amount of problems significantly

I agree, I was only arguing with the dogmaticism of Graeme's assertion.

Mark Morgan Lloyd
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