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Re: Re-using bootstrap in the half-strap

From: Mathieu Lirzin
Subject: Re: Re-using bootstrap in the half-strap
Date: Mon, 24 Oct 2016 18:48:58 +0200
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Christopher Allan Webber <address@hidden> writes:

> A thought this morning... one challenge with Guile's 2.1 branch is it
> takes a lonnnng time to bootstrap.  There are good reasons for this, and
> Andy Wingo has documented them:
> However, I can't help but wonder if we could reuse the initial
> bootstrapped compiler.  What if we had an external package that
> contained *just* the scheme interpreter used to bootstrap the rest of
> the system?  We might not need to separate the codebase, but have this
> be a separate make output.
> If you could package *just* the bootstrapped compiler, if a user doesn't
> feel like waiting through the whole bootstrap process, they could use
> the existing bootstrap package, like:
>   ./configure --with-bootstrap=/path/to/guile-bootstrap
> and maybe we could have a guile-bootstrap package in guix, etc.  If you
> want to do the whole bootstrap yourself in the Guile package, you could
> do so, but it wouldn't be a requirement, assuming you had that separate
> package...
> Thoughts?  Useful?  Badly informed?
>  - Chris

I feel the same way.  I don't know about the technical details, but
such convenience would be more than welcome.


Mathieu Lirzin

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