Slight wording change in Chapter 6 GCC
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According to the Chapter 6 GCC page:
Some packages expect the C preprocessor to be installed in the /lib directory. To support those packages, create this symlink:
I don't believe this is really accurate. I don't know of any current package that actually needs /lib/cpp. Current autotooled configure scripts do look for /lib/cpp, but that's last on the list of ways to check for the preprocessor. I have actually done without it entirely for quite a while now and have had no problems due to do its absence. Of course it probably should still be created, but for "historical reasons" or because it is "required by the FHS".