binutils on mips*

James Cowgill jcowgill at
Mon Jan 9 13:13:20 UTC 2017


On 09/01/17 10:51, Julien Cristau wrote:
> On 01/08/2017 11:40 PM, Matthias Klose wrote:
>> On 08.01.2017 14:29, Lisandro Damián Nicanor Pérez Meyer wrote:
>>> Matthias: this bug is stopping a lot of packages from migrating and in doing 
>>> so near the freeze is hurting many teams (and their users!) like the Qt/KDE 
>>> one, so I'm planning to NMU it to the last working version.
>>> Do we know which was the last version to properly work on mips*? Is there any 
>>> drawback in going back to that version?
>>> Of course if you have a better course of action suitable for a fast fix, I'll 
>>> be glad to read it.
>> Please don't.  I'm fine to apply work arounds for port architectures, but not
>> for release architectures (I didn't decide on this status).  The binutils update
>> plan was announced last June [1], and I plan to stick to it.  At least one of
>> the mips toolchain maintainers (out of the five who committed to in the
>> architecture qualification process) seems to address RC issues, and according to
>> the upstream issue, there's work in progress.
> Work in progress is not enough.  This has been filed almost two months
> ago, and keeping an RC issue in the toolchain open for this long right
> around freeze time is irresponsible on your part, so please don't block
> others fixing it if you don't want to apply a workaround yourself.  (I'm
> also disappointed that none of the mips porters saw fit to get this
> fixed in sid sooner.)

As a MIPS porter, I'm not really sure what more I could have done about
this bug. I provided a patch in November and it still hasn't been fixed
in Debian. I do not control upstream binutils and cannot make them
commit anything. Occasionally I've been pinging Maciej, but nothing has
happened (though he cannot be blamed for the situation Debian finds
itself in). What was I supposed to do?


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