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Re: Bootstrapping from binary blob shipped in the source package

On Wed, Jul 23, 2008 at 2:09 PM, Wesley J. Landaker <wjl@icecavern.net> wrote:
> 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? ;)


Love in Jesus Christ,
John Alfred Nathanael Chee, KE7ERW

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