no need to install glibc headers to build bootstrap gcc?

Jim Gifford lfs at
Wed Nov 2 07:19:01 PST 2005

Robert P. J. Day wrote:

>  crosstool, however (i apologize for continually comparing to
>crosstool, it's just the only reference i have) has a step in between
>-- it installs glibc headers which is allegedly needed for the
>construction of the bootstrap gcc for versions of gcc-3.3 and up.  is
>this step not technically necessary?  it certainly doesn't seem to be
>in CLFS.
This depends on the architecture. MIPS and sparc don't require the 
glibc-headers to be built
but x86, x86_64, and alpha require them. If you don't build them gcc 
will fail.

>  this issue is discussed here:
>so i'm interested in whether this is now superfluous.  thoughts?  not
>surprisingly, i'd be happy if this step was no longer needed.

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