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Re: The Guile license and the use of LGPL libs (like GMP).

From: Bruce Korb
Subject: Re: The Guile license and the use of LGPL libs (like GMP).
Date: Tue, 28 May 2002 12:39:09 -0700

Marius Vollmer wrote:

> Without bignums, fixnums would overflow into floats.  ...
> Assuming that our current bignum code is correct,
> it wouldn't need much maintainance itself.

Works for me.  :-)

> > > What I'm trying to say is that we should not make
> > > ourselves a lot of work to keep the fall back be efficient.
> >
> > Fallback isn't the issue.  You're talking about a new
> > library with new usage restrictions.  Think:  new name, too.
> Yep, this occured to me... but which one should be plain "libguile"?

The one without new restrictions.

> The one with GMP or the one without?  Also, we already have API
> variants: with or without threads, with or without heavy-weight
> debugging support.  Maybe we should give distinct names to them also?

If there are usage constraints, yes.  Otherwise, it's a config
issue.  "Does the library support function X?" is a fundamentally
different question than, "Am I allowed to link with the library at all?"

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