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From Don Lewis <>
Subject Re: C++ standard when building OpenOffice
Date Tue, 05 Nov 2019 18:56:56 GMT
On  5 Nov, Matthias Seidel wrote:
> Hi Don,
> Am 05.11.19 um 19:02 schrieb Don Lewis:
>> On  5 Nov, Peter Kovacs wrote:
>>> what if we require LLVM as build requirement and build OpenOffice only
>>> with LLVM instead of preinstalled gcc?
>>> the project provides packages for Windows, Linux (And here RHEL 7.4) and
>>> mac. Cygwin offers Version 8.01
>>> Debian offers also LLVM as Version 8.
>>> It would just work around the issue we currently face, while increasing
>>> the build requirements only by little.
>> That's not likely to be helpful.  Mixing an application built with LLVM
>> with system C++ libraries compiled with gcc is likely to fail.  It is
>> best to use the same compiler for everything.  Also, using a non-default
>> compiler would require the user to install the matching C++ runtime
>> libraries.
>> What set me on this quest was trying to build 4.1.7 with gcc on
>> FreeBSD/powerpc, where LLVM is not quite ready for prime time.
>> Either compiler can generally be persuaded to work.  In C++98 mode, LLVM
>> can use it's regular C++ STL headers, whereas GCC needs to use the boost
>> TR1 headers for STL.  In C++11 mode, either compiler can use the C++ STL
>> headers, but our code isn't quite ready for C++11, and we can't yet make 
>> the changes for C++11 that are not compatible with the older compilers
>> on some platforms.
>>> We have to drop CentOS6 support completely, as a price, but I think this
>>> is already decided.
>> Dropping support for CentOS 6 for 4.2.x would be nice for a couple of
>> reasons.  GCC on CentOS 6 doesn't support C++11, and CentOS 6 is our
>> last platform that doesn't have the new gstreamer.  But if we don't
>> support CentOS 6 for 4.2.x, then we probably need to extend support for
>> 4.1.x.
> To my knowledge we build 4.2.x on CentOS 7.

It builds and works fine on CentOS 6 as well.

> 4.1.x is still built on CentOS 5.

Unfortunately my CentOS 5 VM is trashed and because CentOS 5 is past
EOL< it is a PITA to fix.

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