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Re: Binary compatibility break understood ?

To: Keith M Wesolowski <>
Subject: Re: Binary compatibility break understood ?
From: Tom Appermont <>
Date: Fri, 11 May 2001 12:42:35 +0200
In-reply-to: <>; from on Fri, May 11, 2001 at 02:26:27AM -0700
References: <> <> <> <> <> <> <> <> <> <>
> > To avoid any further confusion, which then are the versions 
> > ( & patches ) of binutils / gcc / libc needed to get a
> > linux mips toolchain we can use until the end of time? 
> I routinely publish just such a thing at
>  Many others

Thanks for the pointer. Any reason why the tar files are not compressed?

> publish similar toolchains regularly - see the list archives for
> pointers.  

Sorry for asking for a bit of clarity on this. There are indeed many
others publishing their own cross-dev toolchains on their ftp site.
So far it has not been easy for me to find the version that I need,
i.e. a version that compiles the latest linux/mips cvs tree on solaris.
Too many versions, too many patches, and no central repository for
tools have caused me too many headaches. How naive I was when I started
from the webpage "How to build a cross compiler for Linux/MIPS"
(I use the mirror at,
looking desperately for the files that are referenced there ....

> None of them have expiration dates; you are free to use
> them forever.  If you never change software you'll never lose binary
> compatibility.  Likewise, you'll never get any bug fixes or new
> features either.

I was not being serious, I know it is unthinkable to be using the same
version forever. I just hope there will come a time where I can spend 
more time on actually using the tools than trying to solve the problems 
I have with them.



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