Upgrading from gcc-4.x to gcc-5.x

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 Title: GCC 5 Defaults to the New C++11 ABI
 Author: Mike Frysinger <vapier@gentoo.org>
 Content-Type: text/plain
 Posted: 2015-10-22
 Revision: 1
 News-Item-Format: 1.0
 Display-If-Installed: >=sys-devel/gcc-5
 GCC 5 uses the new C++ ABI by default.  When building new code, you might run
 into link time errors that include lines similar to:
 ...: undefined reference to '_ZNSt6chrono12steady_clock3nowEv@GLIBCXX_3.4.17'
 Or you might see linkage failures with "std::__cxx11::string" in the output.
 These are signs that you need to rebuild packages using the new C++ ABI.
 You can quickly do so by using revdep-rebuild (from gentoolkit).
 For gentoolkit-0.3.1 or higher:
 # revdep-rebuild --library 'libstdc++.so.6' -- --exclude gcc
 For previous versions of gentoolkit:
 # revdep-rebuild --library 'libstdc\+\+\.so\.6' -- --exclude gcc
 For more details, feel free to peruse:

For Gentoo users

C++ changes

In order to be compliant with the C++11 standard, a number of standard template library (STL) types needed to be changed (specifically std::string and std::list in libstdc++). For backwards compatibility the SONAME of libstdc++.so was not bumped, instead, inline namespaces in combination with ABI tags are used now. These necessitate a recompilation of all C++ code, otherwise code crossing file interface boundaries could fail with

undefined references to std::__cxx11

It is not a bug, if packages fail with undefined references to std::__cxx11 or [abi:cxx11] like

cmGlobalGenerator.cxx:(.text+0x12781): undefined reference to `Json::Value::Value(std::__cxx11::basic_string<char, std::char_traits<char>, std::allocator<char> > const&)'

It means you need to rebuild the package that provided that symbol first.

See https://gcc.gnu.org/onlinedocs/libstdc++/manual/using_dual_abi.html for more info.

For Gentoo developers

Instructions by the GNU project

C changes

A significant change of GCC 5 was the move from -std=gnu89 to -std=gnu11 as default C standard. Many packages in the tree have implicitly relied on the C standard being -std=gnu89 and now fail with different types of errors:

Missing symbol (-std=gnu89 inline emits an externally visible definition, -std=gnu11 inline does not):

x86_64-pc-linux-gnu-gcc -Wl,-O1 -Wl,--as-needed background.o list.o main.o notes.o options.o savegeom.o  -lpangoxft-1.0 -lpangoft2-1.0 -lpango-1.0 -lgobject-2.0 -lglib-2.0 -lfontconfig -lfreetype -lXft -lXrender -lX11 -lXrandr -lXext -o xnots
main.o: In function `processConfigureNotify.part.3':
main.c:(.text+0x133): undefined reference to `resetNoteWidth'
savegeom.o: In function `getGeometryFromList':

Redefinition (permitted by -std=gnu89 inline):

argp-eexst.c:(.text+0x0): multiple definition of `argp_usage'
../../lib/libmisc.a(argp-help.o):argp-help.c:(.text+0x3590): first defined here
../../lib/libmisc.a(argp-eexst.o): In function `_option_is_short':

The simplest fix for both cases is restoring pre-GCC 5 inline semantics, i.e., inheriting flag-o-matic and adding -std=gnu89 to the CFLAGS variable:

inherit flag-o-matic
 src_prepare() {
 	# fix bug 987654 by restoring pre-GCC5 inline semantics
 	append-cflags -std=gnu89

This will lead to the same C language behavior as with GCC 4.9 and below.

Bugzilla entries about gcc-5.3


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