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Re: [Texmacs-dev] Guile 2.0 for TeXmacs?

From: Sam Liddicott
Subject: Re: [Texmacs-dev] Guile 2.0 for TeXmacs?
Date: Fri, 27 Jan 2012 22:36:44 +0000

Define-syntax at docs.racket-lang.org/quick/ reminds me of drd's


On Jan 27, 2012 10:06 AM, "Alvaro Tejero Cantero" <address@hidden> wrote:
Racket, formerly known as  PLT Scheme, seems to receive a lot of
attention from users and developers:




On Fri, Jan 27, 2012 at 07:42, Joris van der Hoeven
<address@hidden> wrote:
> Hi Karl,
> On Thu, Jan 26, 2012 at 02:46:48PM -0700, Karl Hegbloom wrote:
>> I'm wondering if anyone is presently working on patching TeXmacs so that it
>> will build and run with Guile 2.0. In the Guile-2.0 NEWS file, I see that
>> "The GH interface (deprecated in version 1.6, 2001) was removed." TeXmacs
>> fails to build because it's looking for <guile/gh.h> which is no longer
>> present.
> Yes, I am aware of the problem, but I have not really been working on it yet.
> Guile induces a *lot* of problems at the moment and it is not even clear that
> we really want to go all the way to Guile 2.*. On the one hand, it is true that
> Guile 2.0 includes a much faster byte code interpreter. On the other hand though,
> Guile is growing more and more maximalistic: the number of dependencies is
> going out of hand, making portability a major concern. Also, Guile 2.0
> now relies on Boehm GC for garbage collection; having used this garbage
> collector in another project, I am very suspicious and fear that this move
> may introduce subtle bugs and make code harder to debug. I have discussed
> these issues on the GNU developers list and the Guile developers are willing
> to make things a little bit better. Yet, it is not clear at all that this
> will be enough. Massimiliano has started to look for possible replacements
> of Guile. Another solution would be to stick to an old version, include
> the sources with TeXmacs and take care of maintainance issues ourselves.
> Best wishes, --Joris
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