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Re: Getting rid of portable branch (Was: [PATCH 3/6] Fall back on utimes if futimes is not available)

On 13 May 2015 16:18, Mark Wielaard wrote:
> On Thu, 2015-05-07 at 22:08 -0400, Mike Frysinger wrote:
> > > If there are specific hacks you would like to see brought over from the
> > > portable branch to master, please do propose and we can discuss them.
> > > But I really think none of them are needed or should be used these days.
> > 
> > there's still the issue of --disable-werror
> I believe we discussed before, but could you remind me why it is
> necessary for newer GCC versions?
> If there are any warnings that are turned into errors we should really
> just fix them. Do you have any specific examples?
> What does the configure option add over just using CFLAGS=-Wno-error?

because you guys (reasonably) cannot test every gcc/C library version/flags/arch 
combination.  focusing on newer versions makes sense, but not all distros are 
always running the latest.  i also agree that having it default to on is ok and 
some distros which have tight control over everything (like fedora) will set it 
to on.  but i think that should be left to the distro to control.  in practice, 
we already are either by `sed` or patching in the werror configure flag.

keep in mind that not all warnings are even correct -- gcc has false positives 
from time to time.  trying to track how to squelch those across multiple gcc 
versions is a waste of time.

i don't have specific examples readily available ... we noticed in Gentoo when 
users report via irc (which has no logs).  i know some more extensive flags like 
lto and inline can often trigger unresolvable warnings about functions not being 

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