[fpc-pascal] FormatSettings not updated in Linux

Mark Morgan Lloyd markMLl.fpc-pascal at telemetry.co.uk
Fri Jan 2 23:21:17 CET 2015

Michael Van Canneyt wrote:
> On Fri, 2 Jan 2015, Jonas Maebe wrote:

>> in my conviction that it is a mistake trying to implement and
>> reimplement everything just to make cross-compiling somewhat easier, or
>> to avoid libc version compatibility problems on Linux that were common
>> 15 years ago.
> I will not argue about the linker and assembler, but
> I am not sure your libc argument is quite correct.
> It is about binary compatibility. If gnu C lib devs change the alignment 
> of some struct, they just do it. All C programs can be recompiled, 
> relinked, and that is it.

It's not just that. Some of the GNU/C crowd make the confident assertion 
that a bug-free compiler /cannot/ generate code that breaks alignment, 
despite the fact that the majority whine if they can't pack their data 
structures exactly how they want.

I'm trying to wean my colleagues off SPARC, I'm no longer convinced that 
the pain is worth it.


Does anybody have any Debian/multiarch issues that they want to air? I 
seem to have caught the attention of one of the admins.

 > > Multiarch obviously introduces its own problems.

Could you provide some examples? Multiarch seems unrelated to the
portability of Debian. In fact I think it has a more positive impact
on portability, since for less portable software you can workaround
that by installing binaries from another architecture and running them
directly where possible or use qemu-user to emulate them where not

Mark Morgan Lloyd
markMLl .AT. telemetry.co .DOT. uk

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