The gcc 2.95.3 Catch-22 Problem
In trying to read everything that is is applicable, and heed all the proper advice for compiling a new kernel with newly selected options [not to mention the scary case of actually trying to modify a loadable module--just baby steps first], you eventually get here:
and you read:
So, now you start looking for ways to get a hold of a downloadable set of executables and their version-related libraries. The cygwin folks seem to be happy with moving way ahead to more current versions of gcc and I don't even want to think of what problems I would cause myself by obtaining the 2.95.3 RPM sources and trying to compile them with the current compiler that comes with the nice/complete SuSE 9.1 Pro distribution.
The gcc version requirements may vary depending on the type of CPU in your
computer. The next paragraph applies to users of x86 CPUs, but not
necessarily to users of other CPUs. Users of other CPUs should obtain
information about their gcc version requirements from another source.
The recommended compiler for the kernel is gcc 2.95.x (x >= 3), and it
should be used when you need absolute stability. You may use gcc 3.0.x
instead if you wish, although it may cause problems. Later versions of gcc
have not received much testing for Linux kernel compilation, and there are
almost certainly bugs (mainly, but not exclusively, in the kernel) that
will need to be fixed in order to use these compilers.
Can someone resurrect the required down-level compiler and provide some installation instructions as to how to configure your environment to sometimes compile with 2.95.3 and sometimes compile with the current 3.3.3. executables and libraries [or any other dependencies that I have not even considered]? Otherwise, how is kernel recompilation ever to be correctly performed if the proper verison of the compiler cannot be installed?