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Re: Bootstrapping GT.M

On Sun, 17 Feb 2008, Petter Reinholdtsen wrote:

I would suggest you ask upstream to include a set of generated files
in the upstream tarball, to make it possible to bootstrap the tarball
using a C compiler instead of requiring a M compiler.  It could then
as the normal build first build the M compiler using a C compiler and
the bootstrap files, next generate the same files using its freshly
built M compiler, and last build these files once or twice if it want
to check that the generated files were correct.  It would be fairly
close to how gcc does it.

It would be a lot easier to bootstrap the M compiler if it included
code to start with a C compiler, as a C compiler is available on all
distributions and architectures, while an M compiler is not.

Well, if I understood K.S. Bhaskar's last mail right this might be
possible in theory but would require a certain amount of extra work
for them which they are not willing to do because it has no profit
for their work.

Kind regards



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