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First, PIC is a compiler issue and not Linux distro issue. PIC should be allowed to set as a compiler flag instead of hardcoding globally. Not all machine architectures support PIC. If your builds are static (non-shared), you do not need PIC, and it can be inefficient. Some architectures/compilers might have a different equivalent flag, for example, IBM xl ...


The package you're backporting is assuming GCC 4.9+ by adding -fstack-protector-strong to the command line. Your version of GCC (4.7.2) does not support this flag. I'm not sure how configure is being called in this case, but the fix is to remove this flag from the script that calls it. (I assume you didn't actually type that huge command at the top of your ...

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