Ada: yes or no?

Ken Moffat ken at
Fri May 17 14:28:22 PDT 2002

It is widely believed that on Fri, 17 May 2002, Gareth Jones wrote:

> The main reason Ada is not needed seems to be that there was no standard
> Ada compiler until now.  If most distributions switch to GCC 3.1, assuming
> most install *all* of GCC, then there will indeed be a standard compiler for
> Ada, and gradually more programs will be written in it.
> Unless you know you will never install anything requiring Ada it seems
> illogical not to install the compiler.  LFS is not just about building a base
> system for the sake of it, it's about building a base system we can expand to
> suit our needs.  Sooner or later many of us will need Ada.
 From memory, RedHat and distros derived from it install c and c++. I
don't recall a lot of complaints that Fortran isn't installed, so I don't
agree with your assumption about what distros will do.

 If you've got a state of the art machine, go ahead and install Ada just
in case. But I bet even Gerard's P4 will notice the extra time to compile

 I agree with Nic's suggestions.


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