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The new 17.0 profiles for ARM are now officially available. This not only features the PIE migration previously announced for other architectures but also a tuple (CHOST) change for hardfloat systems.

In short, the tuple will change from armv7a-hardfloat-linux-gnueabi to armv7a-unknown-linux-gnueabihf or similar. This is to fall in line with what the rest of the Linux community are now using. If the vendor (2nd) part of your tuple is different or missing then you may keep it as it is. The hf ending is what matters.

If you are using an unversioned alternative profile such as hardened/linux/arm/armv7a then the default CHOST will have changed for you already. Hopefully, you were shielded from the change by having CHOST explicitly set in your make.conf. In this case, a migration is still required.

Changing CHOST is never simple and does carry some risk. We encourage users to migrate but if you do not have sys-devel/llvm on your system and you do not cross-compile for ARM then you may choose to keep your existing CHOST. We will continue to support this to some degree although we cannot promise that other packages will not be affected in future.

If you choose not to migrate or your system is not hardfloat then you must ensure that CHOST is explicitly set in make.conf and then proceed with a regular 17.0 migration to deal with PIE as detailed here:

https://www.gentoo.org/support/news-items/2017-11-30-new-17-profiles.html

Otherwise, if you do wish to migrate then we have written a script to do the necessary steps for you.

Download the raw script here: https://dev.gentoo.org/~chewi/armhf-migrate.bash

View with syntax highlighting and change history here: https://gist.github.com/chewi/1601684ad8f3cf8de0b786c00fa09b3c

It takes a minimal backup of the existing toolchain with quickpkg before changing anything but we strongly recommend that you take a full backup first. The script echos each command as it goes along so that you can keep an eye on what it's doing. You are, of course, welcome to tinker with the script or perform the migration manually if you think you know your own system better. It is heavily commented for this reason.

If the script fails then you can take remedial action before running it again and it should skip any time-consuming builds that it has already done. If the migration doesn't go to plan then please do seek help in #gentoo-arm.

A migration of this kind can justify rebuilding @world but with ARM typically being very slow, the script does just the minimum necessary. You are free to rebuild @world yourself after running it.