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New compiler tools release: cris-dist-1.13
There's a new release of the compiler tools available as a
source SRPM, a binary RPM and sources as gzipped tar-balls.
The binary RPM is suitable for i386-type host machines
(i86-pc-linux-gnu) running Red Hat Linux release 6.2
to 7.1. For Debian systems there has been reports of successful
conversion of the RPM to .deb using the "alien" converter. The
SRPM and RPM are available at
The corresponding source is in four parts at
If you need to install from these sources, first unpack the
cris-dist-1.13.tar.gz tar-ball, then "cd cris-dist-1.13" and
unpack the latter three tar-balls in that directory. Further
installation instructions are available in the file README.
Most differences to the previous public release, cris-dist-1.11,
and some implications for devboard and elinux development can be
* There is now support for dynamic linking for Linux/CRIS
(-mlinux). This works just as for a standard GNU/Linux
system, though all objects in a dynamic library must be
compiled with -fPIC or -fpic.
* A port of recent glibc CVS (about 2.2.3, early April) to
Linux/CRIS is now dropped in and installed with a standard
installation, reachable with the -mlinux option.
* Support for posix threads, pthreads, is compiled in for
Linux/CRIS. Use the "-pthread" compiler option when compiling
* Users of the devboard_lx-R1_0_0 package can use this release
as a drop-in replacement for cris-dist-1.11. Note that this
will not take advantage of dynamic linking and glibc; a newer
devboard_lx-release will do that. Users of devboard-R1_0_2
can not use cris-dist-1.13 as-is, but will want to wait for a
* There's no glibc installed for elinux any more (on Etrax 100;
as opposed to Linux/CRIS on Etrax 100 LX). The new glibc does
not have support for elinux.
* GNU make is now a prerequisite to compile from source, while
previously a POSIX compliant make-program may have been
sufficient. Note that you need GNU make 3.79 or newer to
Some bugs that have been fixed:
- A trailing "/" on the directory for the binaries would cause
problems if that directory was a parent directory of the
libraries directory. For example, "/usr/local/cris/" and
- A previous partial (aborted) installation was not detected
correctly, but caused the new installation to fail.
- Build problems building from source with
"CC=gcc -O2 -static" on Solaris. (Note that installing
glibc on Solaris does not work; this was without glibc.)
- The linker would abort rather than emit an error message when
doing relocatable linking "-r" with mismatching object
formats for input and output files (like not specifying the
correct non-default format when linking elinux a.out files).
- For elinux, linking dynamically with a library called e.g. libx.a
and specified as just "libx.a" on the command line could cause the
library to not be found at runtime.
- Incorrect code would be generated when compiling the package
OpenSSL 0.9.6 (local to using the DSA crypto, which is not
enabled by default in that package).
- GCC would abort when compiling the Linux kernel with IrDA
- Adding a constant in the range -32768 .. -1 to a 64-bit
number (long long) would give incorrect code.
- Use of __builtin_expect on large programs would give
- Some external (ELF, non-Linux) tool programs expected the
linker-generated symbol __Stext to be present even though it
wasn't referred to in the compiled program. Furthermore, if
it was defined, it had the wrong value.