xrdb needs cpp, but i do not need gcc

Dave Korn dave.korn@artimi.com
Thu Sep 22 10:21:00 GMT 2005

----Original Message----
>From: Corinna Vinschen
>Sent: 22 September 2005 11:07

> On Sep 22 09:23, Karl-Olov Serrander wrote:
>> Seems that xrdb uses cpp when processing .Xdefaults, but cpp is only
>> included in gcc package. So xorg should depend on gcc but why not make
>> cpp a separate package since gcc is a very large package ?
>> I have already asked this in cygwin.xfree without any answers.
>> Any comments ?
> Wrong mailing list.  

  No it isn't really, because the real question is "Could cpp be packaged
separately from gcc", regardless of whether for an X app that needs it or
otherwise, and the answer is "No, it can't be, because the preprocessor is
built into the compiler these days, not a standalone like it used to be; the
seeming standalone cpp.exe is just a driver that invokes cc1.exe with the -E

[  Historical note: And that's the reason why cygcheck always used to say  

>Not Found: cpp (good!)

because when it was a standalone it used to live in the gcc-lib subdir and
it was generally bad news if you got that in your $PATH, things used to
break.  ]

Can't think of a witty .sigline today....

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