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Re: Merging bignum to master

From: Richard Stallman
Subject: Re: Merging bignum to master
Date: Wed, 15 Aug 2018 22:41:28 -0400

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  > Strictly speaking, I supose the GNU Coding Standards require Coreutils to 
  > both a --with-gmp option (to control whether the GMP library is used) and 
  > --enable-bignum option (to control whether bignums are supported).

Why would we need both?  Given --enable-bignums, which seems
fundametally to fit the purpose, is there really a reason for
--with-gmp?  Do we support bignums other than using gmp?

  > I'd be more inclined to go in the direction Tom Tromey suggested,
  > which is to no longer require a sharp distinction between
  > --with-FOO and --enable-FOO since the distinction's confusion is
  > more trouble than it's worth.

To me that sounds like surrendering to confusion without trying to
clear it up.

Dr Richard Stallman
President, Free Software Foundation (https://gnu.org, https://fsf.org)
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