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bug#9380: Compilation problems with coreutils-8.9

From: Eric Blake
Subject: bug#9380: Compilation problems with coreutils-8.9
Date: Fri, 26 Aug 2011 10:17:13 -0600
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tag 9380 notabug

On 08/26/2011 08:58 AM, Rob McMahon wrote:
I suspect you're going to say "upgrade to a more modern compiler" for
most of these patches, but I had cause to install a later coreutils on
an old box where this is not a viable option,

Thanks for the efforts; and hopefully by posting to the list, you have made life for someone else in the same situation. However, you are correct that we will not take these patches into the upstream repository. According to README, coreutils intentionally requires minimal C99 features from your compiler, one of which is supporting declaration-after-statement, and we are unwilling to take on the maintenance burden of uglifying the code just to support super-old C89 compilers.

You may also want to try building the latest release (coreutils is currently at 8.12), although you will have to make the same manual C89 patches on your own, as it will not be supported upstream.

Eric Blake   address@hidden    +1-801-349-2682
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