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Re: Make perl & examples optional

From: Thomas Deutschmann
Subject: Re: Make perl & examples optional
Date: Tue, 8 Sep 2020 22:56:38 +0200
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On 2020-09-08 21:42, Kaz Kylheku wrote:
> But, meta question: isn't it fairly common for programs to have
> just *build* time dependencies in Perl?
> I suspect that if you want to make GNU/Linux distro which does
> not require any perl to be available *on the build machine*,
> might that not be unrealistic?
> Of course, we can think about a distro which doesn't have a
> run-time Perl on the target, which is different.

We are talking about bootstrapping. Sure, in the end you will have perl.
But bison comes very early -- before perl. That's the problem here.

Is adding such an option really a problem? Like said, you can keep it
enabled by default. But for us it would make maintenance of bison easier
because we could use unchanged bison source and wouldn't need to patch,
re-run autoreconf and apply hacks (because running autoreconf during
bootstrap isn't possible) anymore.

Thomas Deutschmann / Gentoo Linux Developer
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