Re: Bug#538802: ITP: mercury -- The Mercury programming system, a pure logical/functional programming language.
On 28/07/09 at 10:58 +1000, Paul Bone wrote:
> On Mon, Jul 27, 2009 at 05:13:06PM +0000, brian m. carlson wrote:
> > On Mon, Jul 27, 2009 at 05:34:44PM +1000, Paul Bone wrote:
> > > * Package name : mercury
> > > Version : 0.13.1-rotd20090725
> > > Upstream Author : Mercury Group <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> > > * URL : http://www.mercury.csse.unimelb.edu.au/
> > > * License : GPL2
> > > Programming Lang: Mercury
> > > Description : The Mercury programming system, a pure logical/functional programming language.
> > This used to be in Debian some time ago, because I remember trying to
> > work on the package for some reason. I believe that it is
> > self-hosting, which may be a problem, except that it supposedly comes
> > with a C version of the compiler as well. To make life easy for porters,
> > I'd request that you always build the C compiler and then, if you want
> > to, bootstrap the Mercury compiler from that.
> > If I'm remembering incorrectly, or that's no longer the case, feel free
> > to disregard this.
> This is mostly correct. Mercury is indeed self-hosting and was
> previously included in Debian. Mercury has a number of different
> backends two of these target C, high-level C and low-level C. The
> Mercury source distribution includes C intermediate files for the
> standard library and compiler generated by the low-level C backend,
> these can be compiled with GCC to generate binaries which can be used to
> bootstrap an installation by re-compiling the Mercury sources.
> I have a working Debian package that builds and bootstraps Mercury from
> the source distribution. It requires gcc-3.4 as a build-depend and is
> able to bootstrap itself so that the resulting binaries are optimal on
> 32bit and 64bit machines (the explanation involves a discussion of
> tagged pointers).
gcc-3.4 is about to be removed from Debian (#536777). How do you plan to
deal with that?
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