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Re: [Gnu-arch-users] programming in the large (Re: On configs and huge s

From: Alfred M\. Szmidt
Subject: Re: [Gnu-arch-users] programming in the large (Re: On configs and huge source trees)
Date: Thu, 20 Oct 2005 09:51:10 +0200

   In fact the very word 'bootstrap' implies a circular dependency, so
   it's an odd sort of complaint!

Tom's complaint is in the amount of bootstrapping needed, if the world
suddenly gets hit with a flare of something, and all computers stop
working, and all C compilers vanish and other tools that are crucial.
In a perfect world you'd have a small set of tools needed to get the
rest of the system up.

For anyone familiar with LISP, it would basiclly be using the most
primitive functions to build up _everything_ from there.

Or that is how I understand it... To some extent I agree, you cannot
cross-compile the whole GNU system easily for a different
(non-existant) arch, bash 2.x was a pita to crosscompile, then there
are some other tools.  But you can always work around that...  Like
fixing the broken tools. ;)

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