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Bug 789390

Summary: dev-libs/xapian-1.2.25 fails to compile with gcc-11
Product: Gentoo Linux Reporter: Agostino Sarubbo <ago>
Component: Current packagesAssignee: Anthony Basile <blueness>
Severity: normal CC: sam
Priority: Normal    
Version: unspecified   
Hardware: All   
OS: Linux   
Package list:
Runtime testing required: ---
Bug Depends on:    
Bug Blocks: 732706    
Attachments: build.log

Description Agostino Sarubbo gentoo-dev 2021-05-11 06:28:50 UTC

Issue: dev-libs/xapian-1.2.25 fails to compile with gcc-11.
Discovered on: amd64 (internal ref: tinderbox)

This machine uses GCC-11:
Comment 1 Agostino Sarubbo gentoo-dev 2021-05-11 06:28:53 UTC
Created attachment 706902 [details]

build log and emerge --info
Comment 2 Agostino Sarubbo gentoo-dev 2021-05-11 06:28:56 UTC
Possible context of error(s):

/var/tmp/portage/dev-libs/xapian-1.2.25/work/xapian-core-1.2.25/backends/brass/ error: reference to ‘byte’ is ambiguous
Comment 3 Larry the Git Cow gentoo-dev 2021-06-15 03:20:34 UTC
The bug has been closed via the following commit(s):

commit 35f3c535b370e4965ae9d5c40021767029f91122
Author:     Sam James <>
AuthorDate: 2021-06-15 03:19:47 +0000
Commit:     Sam James <>
CommitDate: 2021-06-15 03:19:47 +0000

    dev-libs/xapian: workaround build failure with GCC 11 for 1.2.25
    Force C++14 for now. This is an older version we'll be cleaning up soon, but
    we may as well let it build. Newer versions are fine.
    (Also, this style of error usually results in a noisy patch.)
    Signed-off-by: Sam James <>

 dev-libs/xapian/xapian-1.2.25.ebuild | 6 +++++-
 1 file changed, 5 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)