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Latest revision as of 19:28, 8 March 2019


Move Gold Into A SubpackageOf Binutils

Summary

Move the GOLD linker from the main binutils package into its own sub-package.

Owner

  • Name: Nick Clifton [1]
  • Email: nickc@redhat.com
  • Release notes owner:

Current status

  • Targeted release: Fedora 31
  • Last updated: 2019-03-08
  • Tracker bug: #1686976
  • Release notes tracker: #309

Detailed Description

The GOLD linker is currently part of the binutils package. Unfortunately it seems that Google have decided not to continue development of the linker, and so it is possible that it may start to bit-rot. The linker is still being maintained by the upstream GNU Binutils project, but new development is not happening. Thus as a precautionary measure I would like to move GOLD into its own sub-package of the binutils, in case in the future we decide that it should be deprecated.

Benefit to Fedora

In the short term none. Although also in the short term the change should have no effect on Fedora. In the long term moving the gold linker into its own package means that it could then be removed from Fedora, should it turn out to be unmaintainable.


Scope

  • Proposal owners:

Create a sub-package of the binutils package containing just the gold linker.

  • Other developers:

Packages that use the gold linker should add a requirement on the new sub-package.


A mass rebuild would be useful as it will help to identify packages that need to update their requirements.

  • Policies and guidelines: The packaging guidelines should be updated to indicate that any package that uses the gold linker should have a requirement on the new sub-package.


  • Trademark approval: N/A (not needed for this Change)

Upgrade/compatibility impact

In theory there should be no impact when upgrading. As long as packages that need a linker have a dependency upon the binutils package, the new gold sub-package should be included as well.

How To Test

No special hardware is needed, but a environment capable of building packages is desirable. First install the binutils package (if not already installed) and make sure that both ld.bfd and ld.gold are in the search path. Then try uninstalling the binutils-gold sub-package. This should remove ld.gold. Try reinstalling it, which should restore ld.gold.

User Experience

Ideally users should not notice any difference in their experience with Fedora.

Dependencies

None.

Contingency Plan

  • Contingency mechanism: Restore GOLD to the main binutils package. This can be done by anyone familair with spec files, although ideally it would be done by the binutils packahe maintainer (ie me).
  • Contingency deadline: F31 release.
  • Blocks release? No
  • Blocks product? No

Documentation

None written yet.

Release Notes