On Sat, 2009-02-14 at 00:00 -0600, Shaun wrote:
> Hi all,
> One of my machines is running FreeBSD 4.11. It's a bit confused about
> its current incarnation of gcc:
> [sh...@agaliarept lang]$ pkg_info | grep gcc
> gcc-3.4.6_3,1       GNU Compiler Collection 3.4
> [sh...@agaliarept lang]$ gcc -v
> Using builtin specs.
> gcc version 2.95.4 20020320 [FreeBSD]
> Another of my machines, which runs FreeBSD 6.4, has gcc 3.4.6:
> [sh...@falwell shaun]$ pkg_info | grep gcc
> [sh...@falwell shaun]$ gcc -v
> Using built-in specs.
> Configured with: FreeBSD/i386 system compiler
> Thread model: posix
> gcc version 3.4.6 [FreeBSD] 20060305
> Is it safe to install one of the newer gcc ports on FreeBSD 4.11? I've
> had this machine for three years; I don't recall ever upgrading the
> compiler, although pkg_info seems to think that I did, or at least
> attempted to. I'm wondering if there are any risks involved in going
> from gcc 2.95 to, say, 3.4.6. Typically I'm happy to pull the latest
> stable of just about anything, but the compiler is a different story.
> Thanks,
> Shaun

FreeBSD 4.x has not been supported for ports for a long time.

Ports are guaranteed to work for the current releases of freebsd and
-CURRENT only.

Using, or trying, to install anything on 4.x anymore is a gamble.  You
should upgrade.

There was a tag you used to be able to use for 4.x port installs, but I
bet that tag hasn't been updated in forever...

see: http://www.freebsd.org/releases/4.11R/schedule.html
dated Jan/8/2005

With the above tag, and an updated ports tree, i can recommend
installing packages (if the tarballs are still on the internet).
Without that tag, i don't recommend it.

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