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Re: [PATCH] Change linker to gcc for cygwin
- From: Reini Urban <reini dot urban at gmail dot com>
- To: Achim Gratz <Stromeko at nexgo dot de>
- Cc: Perl 5 Porters <perl5-porters at perl dot org>, cygwin at cygwin dot com
- Date: Sat, 15 Aug 2015 22:36:14 +0200
- Subject: Re: [PATCH] Change linker to gcc for cygwin
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- References: <885655883 dot 20150814154548 at mail dot mipt dot ru> <87614hdroi dot fsf at Rainer dot invalid>
> On Aug 15, 2015, at 7:52 AM, Achim Gratz <Stromeko@nexgo.de> wrote:
> [Cygwin Perl maintainer here]
> Ivan Pozdeev writes:
>> Currently, g++ is specified in hints/cygwin.sh
>> It is quite a weighty install - approaches 100M with dependencies -
>> and since it isn't really needed (see below), requiring it is
>> completely unnecessary.
>> Moreover, as a consequence, it's also required when building modules.
> I'm in general sympathetic with trying to keep dependencies small.
yes, g++ is not required, only for -devel.
g++ is not needed as perl run-time dep, only as build dep and devel dep,
for people compiling XS modules.
>> The current choice was introduced in commit
>> as a replacement for `ld2'; related cygwin maillist message by Reini Urban:
>> Neither the message not the linked perl5-porters thread contain any
>> information on the choice of g++ over gcc.
>> Maybe Reini himself can comment on his decision?
g++ as ld was needed to be able to link C++ projects which also link to libperl, like
gnome I think.
> Maybe you could discuss things concerning Cygwin on the Cygwin mailing
> list first before proposing changes for Cygwin upstream. I don't
> pretend to know every detail of how and where Perl is used on Cygwin and
> you shouldn't either. Maybe using g++ as a linker was something that
> just happened or for reasons that are not valid anymore, but it's one of
> the things I wouldn't want to change on a whim.
It is still valid, Yaakov needed that.
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