On Sunday 20 July 2008 03:40:21 Marco d'Itri wrote: > email@example.com wrote: > >> Some packages (notably compilers) avoid cyclic build dependencies by > >> shipping some sort of pre-compiled blob in the source package. This > >> blob is then used to compile the package. > >> > >> Does this fullfil the requirement that packages in main must be built > >> from source code? > > > >Is there really no interest in this topic? > > There is nothing wrong with using a precompiled compiler to bootstrap > the package in Debian, but after there is a working package in the > archive it should not be used anymore (for reliability issues, not > freedom issues). > And anyway, a working binary program is not a "pre-compiled blob". What about a binary blob that, when executed, prints out the C source code that was used to compile it? ;) -- Wesley J. Landaker <firstname.lastname@example.org> <xmpp:email@example.com> OpenPGP FP: 4135 2A3B 4726 ACC5 9094 0097 F0A9 8A4C 4CD6 E3D2
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