gcc-3.4 needed to compile networking drivers, but not in Install CD

Bug #44139 reported by towsonu2003 on 2006-05-11
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
gcc-3.4 (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: gcc-3.4

gcc-3.4 (3 packages in total) are needed to compile some networking device drivers (specifically winmodem and wifi). However, the 3 packages are not in the Install CD, making it very hard on users who are trying to make their network devices work (hence, no network = no access to repos).

It would be great if we could move gcc-3.4 packages to the install CD. I think this is too late for Dapper (is it?), but at least for Edgy... Thanks :)

 status Rejected

Dapper uses gcc4 for kernel and related business

Changed in gcc-3.4:
status: Unconfirmed → Rejected
towsonu2003 (towsonu2003) wrote :

Please reopen: Breezy uses gcc4 as well. Browse the forums to see how hard it is for new users to install their modem & wifi drivers... Or check out wiki.ubuntu.com/DialupModemHowto to see what kind of effort is spent just to install gcc-3.4...

Simon Law (sfllaw) wrote :


I'm afraid it's far more useful to port these drivers to GCC 4.x, rather
than keep around a legacy compiler. Eventually, you will find kernel
drivers that don't compile with GCC 3.x, and then you will be in for
a big headache. It's best to get the porting done now, while it's still
relatively easy.


The breezy iso's will not be changed to include an extra C compiler -
there is no space for that.

towsonu2003 (towsonu2003) wrote :

> The breezy iso's will not be changed to include an extra C compiler
> there is no space for that.

This is for Dapper or Edgy.

> keep around a legacy compiler.

How are 3rd party drivers that do not support compiling with ggc4 be ported to gcc4 by ubuntu devels? isn't it easier to just include the gcc-3.4 in the install cd as an installable package?

Dennis Kaarsemaker (dennis) wrote :

> This is for Dapper or Edgy.

Ubuntu uses gcc4 in dapper and edgy. You must use the same version for
3rd party kernel modules.

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