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Issues when compiling on Xubuntu 14.04

Martin Zoller-3
I have just built mspgcc 20120911 (last release of 4.7.x branch) on
Xubuntu 14.04 i386. The following information could be useful to add to
the "Install:fromsource" page on the wiki:

- On newer systems you might run into problems when compiling
binutils-2.22, due to an incompatibility with texinfo 5.x (see [1]). To
solve this, install texinfo 4.13 from source before building binutils
(see [2]).
- Note that gcc 4.7.0 may not compile on gcc 4.8.x. If you run into
issues, try installing gcc 4.4. In Xubuntu 14.04 there is still a
gcc-4.4 package available which has been successfully tested.

Specifically, with gcc 4.8.2, I got a segmentation fault in "libgcc2.c"
on line 81. I did not find an exact bug report for this issue, but
similar issues were reported by others ([3], [4]) when compiling older
gcc versions with gcc 4.8. I also tried the new "
-fno-aggressive-loop-optimizations" option as recommended in [5], but
that failed, so I used gcc 4.4 instead, which works fine.
The only thing I couldn't build is gdb, but I didn't look into fixing that.


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