add --enable-languages flag to gcc instructions

Jeroen Coumans jeroencoumans at
Fri Jun 6 13:30:44 PDT 2003

Tushar Teredesai wrote:
> Jeroen Coumans wrote:
>> Tushar Teredesai wrote:
>>> How about adding an --enable-languages flag to gcc configure? Someone 
>>> who follows the book and downloads only gcc-core will still get only 
>>> the required languages but will prevent problems for users who 
>>> download the complete gcc package.
>> Yes, this is becoming a bit of a FAQ lately. And we all know/assume 
>> that FAQ's are mostly due to reader errror/inability/lack of 
>> knowledge, they are also a clear indicator of the the book's 
>> shortcoming presentation of information.
> I won't exactly call it a shortcoming of the book. The book clearly 
> mentions downloading only gcc-core.
> But many need the complete gcc package for additional languages (I 
> personally need fortran and java) so it makes sense for some people to 
> download the entire package. Adding the above configure switch will help 
> those users, but at the same time won't inconvinience users who only 
> download gcc-core.
> If extensive changes would have been required to accomodate the 
> "not-following-the-book" users, I would not have proposed it.

I agree with you on the short term here, but for the long term I think a 
rethinking of some of the core values of the LFS book is in order. See 
my response to Bill...

Jeroen Coumans

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