gmp 4.1.4 build on 32 bit sparc8 misconfigures build as 64 bit for sparc9

Axel Simon A.Simon at
Fri Aug 5 15:56:45 CEST 2005

On Fri, 2005-08-05 at 15:05 +0200, Torbjorn Granlund wrote:
> "Graham Leggett" <minfrin at> writes:
>   Overriding it involved reverse engineering the build process, which does
>   not fall within the definition of "easy".
> Reading the Install chapter in the bundled documentation, or
> reverse engineer the build process, whichever seems simpler.  :-)

Following this rather heated discussion I checked INSTALL and looked at
the info-page. I have to say I agree with Graham. To take a bit of heat
out of the discussion, I attached new INSTALL instructions to this mail.

- The document should be self-contained, as far as this is possible. It
should be enough for 95% of all people installing gmp, not only for the
impatient. Many people will not actually use gmp but are merely told to
install it, hence the introduction to programming gmp in INSTALL is out
of place. The example code makes INSTALL too long to be for the
impatient. Hence, I would not blame anyone for not reading to the end.
If anything should be in INSTALL then it is common problems of building
gmp, especially issues that are specific to gmp, like the ABI variable.
I've been bitten by this before, so I can say I lacked the crucial
information the first time I built gmp.

info page:
- A lot of the installation section is structured for people who now
what they are looking for. Since I didn't know about ABIs and ISAs, I
did not read the ABI section so solve my linking problems. Furthermore,
the platform specific notes for Sparc start off performance of sparcv8
vs. superspace and 'Sparc App Regs'. The latter begins by talking about
registers being clobbered. This information can be at the end of the
paragraph in parenthesis (for the curious); the paragraph should start
off by describing the symptom of the problem. I concur with Graham that
there is nothing on Sparc and the ABI in the platform specific section
(version 4.1.4 of gmp). I think the writers of the install section
should consider splitting this section into a FAQ for building problems
and advice on improving performance.


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