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Re: [PATCH] [WIP] Port feature/native-comp to Windows.

From: Andrea Corallo
Subject: Re: [PATCH] [WIP] Port feature/native-comp to Windows.
Date: Mon, 11 May 2020 16:43:43 +0000
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/26.3 (gnu/linux)

Eli Zaretskii <address@hidden> writes:

>> From: Nicolas Bértolo <address@hidden>
>> Date: Mon, 11 May 2020 12:20:36 -0300
>> Cc: Andrea Corallo <address@hidden>, address@hidden
>> > I don't think it would be wise for us to distribute libgccjit, because
>> > then we'd need to distribute the GCC sources, and the user will be
>> > unable to reliably use the shipped libgccjit with their local GCC
>> > installation (due to possible version mismatch).
>> IMHO that is really inconvenient from the point of view of a user that just
>> wants to install Emacs and use all its features.
> Not "all" of its features, just one.
> And yes, this is an inconvenience, but it isn't specific to
> MS-Windows.  AFAIK, Posix systems nowadays come without a compiler
> preinstalled, and you need to install it if you want that.
> This is a price to pay for compiling to native code using an external
> compiler.  there's no way around this, I think.  People who cannot
> afford installing a working compiler and Binutils will have to give up
> compiling Lisp files to native code (the Lisp files that come with
> Emacs can still be provided as *.eln, I would hope).

Correct, we do not rely on libgccjit for the load machinery so it is
possible.  I imagine distros could compile and distribute .elns and
still do not hard require libgccjit installed.


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