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Re: [PATCH] gnu: Add fpc. (version 2)

From: Ricardo Wurmus
Subject: Re: [PATCH] gnu: Add fpc. (version 2)
Date: Mon, 20 Mar 2017 20:59:16 +0100
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Danny Milosavljevic <address@hidden> writes:

> Hi,
>>+                   (copy-file (assoc-ref inputs "fpc-binary")
>>+                              "fpc-bin.tar")
>>+                   (zero? (system* "tar" "xvf" "fpc-bin.tar")))))
> Why the copy-file and then untar ? Can't it be untarred immediately from 
> where it is? If it is useful, maybe add a comment about the reason.
> Also, it might be easier to have a fpc-bootstrap package with the bootstrap 
> binaries that installs the binaries required to build fpc normally and to 
> make a fpc package depend on fpc-bootstrap as native-inputs.  What do you 
> think?  I myself don't have a strong preference about it - but some other 
> packages do it that way.

It’s not so nice to depend on a binary bootstrap.  Can this be avoided?
I tried packaging a version of the GNU Pascal compiler, which is
unmaintained, in an effort to bootstrap a version of FPC from source.

Have you attempted this?


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