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Re: [rfc] alpha-linux changing to 128-bit long double


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Richard Henderson wrote:

> it might be best to just increment the soname to libc.so.6.2.

Certainly the safest method.  I assume there are countless programs
which blindly used long double across all platforms even though alpha
didn't really have it.


> Which
> would be a good opportunity to get rid of some awful compatibility
> code in the alpha-linux glibc bits.

Always welcome.


> I would be comfortable getting all this done for glibc 2.3.4, and
> just say "use an older release if you don't want this abi change."

Seems to be the most efficient way.  Somebody with sufficient need for
the compatibility versions has to plan to invest the time to maintain
appropriate patches on top of the last version before the switch.


> Seems to me the ifdeffery (and worse, makefile ifdeffery) would be
> too awful to considering supporting both modes simultaneously.

Definitely.

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â Ulrich Drepper â Red Hat, Inc. â 444 Castro St â Mountain View, CA â
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