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Re: Removing compilers that cannot be bootstrapped

From: Jookia
Subject: Re: Removing compilers that cannot be bootstrapped
Date: Sat, 26 Mar 2016 20:23:19 +1100
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.24 (2015-08-30)

On Sat, Mar 26, 2016 at 09:12:52AM +0100, Ricardo Wurmus wrote:
> GCC itself is not sufficient to build many compilers.  For GHC, for
> example, you need a Haskell compiler such as GHC.  I looked at nhc98 and
> other defunct Haskell compilers, but they all have a bootstrapping step
> that either requires a Haskell compiler or building from generated C
> sources.
> In the case of Haskell I think it would make sense to try to figure out
> how to bootstrap with Hugs, a Haskell interpreter, or with Yale Haskell,
> which I’m trying to port to Guile.
> It is probably easier for us to try to write primitive compilers in
> Guile than to start from scratch each time.  Then the only blob we need
> to figure out how to bootstrap would be Guile itself.

I think this is one of those things that need help from upstream to create a
simpler compiler that we can write a interpreter for.

> ~~ Ricardo


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