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Re: Minimum compiler version (was: Re: [PATCH v5 0/4] Update gnulib and

From: Robbie Harwood
Subject: Re: Minimum compiler version (was: Re: [PATCH v5 0/4] Update gnulib and drop some patches)
Date: Mon, 28 Feb 2022 12:24:50 -0500

Glenn Washburn <> writes:

> GCC 5.1.0 looks like it came out on April 22, 2015[1] and 5.2 was used
> in Ubuntu Xenial from 2016 (which is no longer supported). At what
> point do we bump up the minimum supported version? And doing so
> wouldn't mean that GRUB can't be compiled with eariler versions of
> GCC, it just means we don't test that. I also think it would be
> acceptable to accept patches that fix issues with compiling on GCC
> versions less than the stated minimum supported version (with in
> reason and subject to discretion).
> One idea is to update the minimum supported version every release cycle
> to the lowest GCC version that is about 5 years old (that's artitrary
> but seems reasonable).
> I'm interested in this because it seems to imply that for the testing
> system it should do two compilations for every target, one for the
> munimum supported GCC and one for a somewhat recent version.

I support raising the minimum compiler version.

Looking at , a five-year
proposal would raise to gcc-7.

Be well,

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