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Re: [Qemu-devel] Re: [PATCH] Fix checksum writing in signboot.sh

From: Alexander Graf
Subject: Re: [Qemu-devel] Re: [PATCH] Fix checksum writing in signboot.sh
Date: Sun, 2 Aug 2009 13:58:21 +0200

On 02.08.2009, at 13:15, Avi Kivity <address@hidden> wrote:

On 08/02/2009 01:25 PM, Filip Navara wrote:
While the patch is good, the code is unreadable. Can we mandate python for
such tricks?

No, please, no! Throwing additional tools at the problem is only going to make it worse for Windows users. I'm not happy with using sh script
as it already added dependency on coreutils, but at least that's easy
to install. Python is a nightmare compared to that.

Is Python really so difficult to install under Windows? How many times do you have to click 'Next'?

Note that Windows users can usually use prebuilt binaries, so the 'Next' nightmare only affects a small number of Windows developers.

BTW, for years in ReactOS we had a way to build host tools with host
CC and these tools were written in plain ordinary C. This worked great
for both Windows and Linux builds and also for cross-compiling.

But then you have to write those tools in C, which is annoying.

Right. In fact we just switched from C to sh for portability reasons.

I really think we should just make the current code work as is and be done. The script is pretty small and really readable IMHO.


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