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SubjectRe: [GIT PULL] EFI fixes
On Wed, Jul 8, 2020 at 8:00 PM Linus Torvalds
<> wrote:
> On Wed, Jul 8, 2020 at 9:21 AM Peter Zijlstra <> wrote:
> > >
> > > It's perhaps yet another reason to just skip gcc-4.8 too, since
> > > apparently 4.9 works.
> > >
> > > gcc-4.9 really has a lot of advantages. It's where (I think) gcc
> > > basically supports all C11 things, including _Generic() but also
> > > __auto_type.
> >
> > +1
> >
> > Anybody for nay, or should we just do this?
> I'll just do it. Let's see if anybody screams with a good reason. I
> hate the whole "support old compilers", it ends up not only making for
> complex code, it tends to cause these unnecessary kinds of "guys, we
> tested this really well, but that crazy compiler had a very particular
> odd issue, and it wasn't in any test box.

Cool, thanks for changing it, this is clearly a better suited compiler
version. Aside from the added C11 features, this is also where a lot of
the optimizations changed, so code generation is more predictable
if we don't need to worry about gcc-4.8.

On the flip side, gcc-4.8 was used by old enterprise distros that
are still supported (SUSE 12, RHEL 7), whereas gcc-4.9 was only
shipped in Debian Jessie and Android releases that are both
EOL now (Android never moved beyond a buggy gcc-4.9 prerelease
but now uses clang for everything).

I don't see any technical reasons to go even further, but if
something does come up, the users of these Long-term supported
distros would be most impacted by a change:

gcc-4.9: Used in Debian 8 (Jessie), EOL June 2020
gcc-5: Used in Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial, Mint 18, ...), EOL April 2021
gcc-6: Used in Debian 9 (Stretch), EOL 2022
gcc-7: Used in SLES 15, Ubuntu 18.04 (Bionic, Mint 19, ...)
gcc-8: Used in RHEL-8 (centos, oracle, ...), OpenWRT

The most interesting version to require in the future would be
gcc-7, which IIRC is the point at which we can just use -std=gnu99
or -std=gnu11 instead of -std=gnu89 without running into the
problem with compound literals[1].



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