James Wilkinson james at westexe.demon.co.uk
Sat Jan 22 23:11:42 UTC 2005

Steven Pasternak wrote:
> Is it possible to install an old gcc and use it like the package 'compat-gcc' 
> does? For example, I want gcc 3.4 for the things I compile for me, but RPMs I 
> build for ancient systems I want to be built with gcc 2.7.x. Is it possible 
> to like install 3.4 in /usr and 2.7 in /usr/gcc or something like that? If 
> so, how exactly? Thanks!

Erm ... "ancient" is right. We're talking RHL 5.x and similar here?

Thing is, compatibility is not simply a matter of which compiler you
use. To begin with, I don't think Fedora rpm will build a package that
the rpm on those systems will recognise. I suspect you're going to be
updating a *lot* of basic files to get this to work.

Wouldn't it be easier to install a suitably old version of Red Hat
Linux, and produce the RPMs there?


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