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Re: Bootstrapping from binary blob shipped in the source package

On Sunday 20 July 2008 03:40:21 Marco d'Itri wrote:
> fw@deneb.enyo.de 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 <wjl@icecavern.net> <xmpp:wjl@icecavern.net>
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