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Re: Adding stuff to the core distro (was Re: Infix syntax)

From: Neil Jerram
Subject: Re: Adding stuff to the core distro (was Re: Infix syntax)
Date: 09 Oct 2002 19:15:08 +0100
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>>>>> "Rob" == Rob Browning <address@hidden> writes:

    Rob> Neil Jerram <address@hidden> writes:
    >> On the other hand...  Rob has raised the question of whether we should
    >> be adding things to the core distro that don't strictly need to be
    >> there, so perhaps we should stop for a moment to consider our
    >> principles on this point.

    Rob> I not all that concerned with things that require an explicit
    Rob> activation.  I'm more concerned with any additions to what's
    Rob> visible in the core of guile (guile) and (guile-user) at
    Rob> startup, and more particularly, how much happens in
    Rob> ice-9/boot-9.scm, though to some extent that's an efficiency
    Rob> issue as much as a semantic issue.

But hang on, this is nothing to do with the size of the distro, is it?

    Rob> I do think it would be nice if eventually guile were
    Rob> separable to the extent that it was easy to install a
    Rob> "guile-base" that was perhaps much smaller than "guile-base +
    Rob> guile-foo + guile-bar", but I'm not saying I know how things
    Rob> should be broken up in to guile-base, guile-foo, and
    Rob> guile-bar...

So now I'm confused... should I view your comment "we'd be better off
moving in the direction of a smaller base" as a commit-stopper or not?

(Or did you mean "not in ice-9, but something like (tools infix) would
be fine"?)


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