since when is gcc-2.96 insufficient to build gcc?

David Wuertele
Wed Oct 27 18:39:00 GMT 2004

target: mipsel
crosstool:  0.28-rc31;  gcc-3.3.3, glibc-2.3.2

While crosstool was running configure on gcc-3.3.3, I got this:

  + /home/targets/crosstool-0.28-rc31/build/mipsel-abcd-linux-gnu/gcc-3.3.3-glibc-2.3.2/glibc-2.3.2/configure --prefix=/usr --build=i686-pc-linux-gnu --host=mipsel-abcd-linux-gnu --without-cvs --disable-sanity-checks --with-headers=/home/targets/mipsel-abcd-linux-gnu/gcc-3.3.3-glibc-2.3.2/mipsel-abcd-linux-gnu/include --enable-hacker-mode
  checking build system type... i686-pc-linux-gnu
  checking host system type... mipsel-abcd-linux-gnu
  checking sysdep dirs... sysdeps/mips/elf sysdeps/unix/sysv/linux/mips sysdeps/unix/sysv/linux sysdeps/gnu sysdeps/unix/common sysdeps/unix/mman sysdeps/unix/inet sysdeps/unix/sysv sysdeps/unix/mips sysdeps/unix sysdeps/posix sysdeps/mips/mipsel sysdeps/mips/fpu sysdeps/mips sysdeps/wordsize-32 sysdeps/ieee754/flt-32 sysdeps/ieee754/dbl-64 sysdeps/ieee754 sysdeps/generic/elf sysdeps/generic
  checking for a BSD-compatible install... /usr/bin/install -c
  checking whether ln -s works... yes
  checking for pwd... /bin/pwd
  checking for mipsel-abcd-linux-gnu-gcc... gcc
  checking version of gcc... 2.96, bad
  checking for gnumake... no
  checking for gmake... gmake
  checking version of gmake... 3.80, ok
  configure: error:
  *** These critical programs are missing or too old: gcc
  *** Check the INSTALL file for required versions.

I'd rather not chuck 2.96 on this system since I depend on it for some
other projects.  What version of gcc started complaining about 2.96?
Seems dumb to me since gcc is a two-stage compile, why should they
care what the first stage was compiled with?

What version of gcc should I revert to so that I can compile it with

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