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Re: Circular Build-Depends; am I their only enemy?

On Sun, Nov 02, 2003 at 12:14:41AM -0500, Anthony DeRobertis wrote:
> I fully realize that its not possible to bootstrap an architecture 
> without either machine-code programming, cross-compiling, or 
> cross-assembling. IOW, I am not an utter idiot.

In the past gnat's been the canonical example of something that needs to
be bootstrapped by hand that makes no sense being in Build-Essential --
it's an Ada compiler written in Ada. While we certainly could drop such
packages from the distribution, that doesn't really help anyone.

If you want to go through and start providing a list of packages that
require special bootstrapping for new architectures, or working out
patches so that we can automatically bootstrap them (eg, debian/rules
DESTARCH=amd64 cross-binary; or debian/rules bootstrap-binary) that
would probably be worthwhile, and I don't see why anyone would reject
that sort of contribution.


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