interesting error during make check for gmp-5.0.4 on SunOS5.8-i386

Dennis Clarke dclarke at
Fri Mar 2 17:42:54 CET 2012

> On Fri, 2 Mar 2012, Dennis Clarke wrote:
>> any thoughts?
> 386 is long dead, it makes no sense to compile for it. Solaris 8 (dead as
> well) probably didn't even run on it. Try 686 at least.

Well, from strictly a factual perspective, Solaris 8 is hardly dead. It
was put into vintage support by Sun a while back and as someone that
works in the enterprise server market I can tell you there are a bucket
load of big servers in banks, insurance, R&D, marketing etc that are
still running it. Probably because it never falls over.

Next point is that the ABI in Solaris 10 ( and yes, even 11 ) is
downwards compliant with Solaris 8. Anything that compiles and tests
clean on Solaris 8 is warranted, documented and absolutely going to
work flawlessly on Solaris 9 and Solaris 10 and Solaris 11. Thus
it seems reasonable, and in fact very efficient to compile and test
on Solaris 8.

Lastly, I have many many perfectly beautiful results on Solaris 8
for gmp/mpfr/mpc going back years and years and also these :

not as pretty but reasonable result :

Those all use gmp/mpfr/mpc libs which all built perfectly.

The fly in the ointment is with x86_64 libs which must be
built on Solaris 10 of course however.


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