Breakage with bleeding edge host toolchains (Fedora)

Bryan Kadzban bryan at
Tue Feb 27 15:48:25 PST 2007

Dan Nicholson wrote:
> Greg came up with a pretty good solution for DIY (IMO). Basically, by
> passing CC="gcc -B/usr/bin/" during binutils-pass1 and gcc-pass1,
> gcc will continue to use the host linker until we get our gcc built.

Why not set our new linker to not be executable (that is, chmod a-x)
until pass1 gcc is built?  That way we don't accidentally affect
anything else.

The gcc specs file hardcodes a linker name of "collect2", but collect2
is a program from gcc itself.  It runs a bunch of code, and at some
point finally executes DEFAULT_LINKER if that was set during gcc's
configure script (--with-ld).  If DEFAULT_LINKER isn't set, then it
searches the $PATH for an executable program named "ld".

So if our ld in /tools/bin isn't executable, it shouldn't find it.

Or how about $COMPILER_PATH?  If we set that to have /usr/bin listed
before /tools/bin, that might also work.  This will affect more than
just ld -- it will affect ld, (g)as, and any other subprogram run by
gcc.  But OTOH, each of these programs may have the same issue in the

(Note that I haven't tested either of these, but I have read through
some of the gcc 4.1.1 sources for collect2, and some of the gcc info
docs.  So maybe this is all useless, I don't know.  ;-))

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