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[bug#38390] [bug #38390] Building bootstrap Gash and Gash-Utils

From: Ludovic Courtès
Subject: [bug#38390] [bug #38390] Building bootstrap Gash and Gash-Utils
Date: Tue, 11 Feb 2020 14:56:17 +0100
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Hi Timothy,

Timothy Sample <address@hidden> skribis:

> Ludovic Courtès <address@hidden> writes:
>> Jan Nieuwenhuizen <address@hidden> skribis:
>>> @Timothy: I haven't included your previous patches on `wip-bootstrap',
>>> feel free to push them to wip-bootstrap.
>>> We are getting real close to merging this, I think.
>> This is exciting.  Let’s synchronize with Marius once the branch has
>> stabilized to see if this can go in ‘core-updates’ this time.
> Indeed!
> I just pushed five commits to “wip-bootstrap”.  They are a little
> different from the patches I sent.

Awesome, thank you!

> For one, I followed Ludo’s advice and added a “gnu-bootstrap” module for
> the build code.  That means I got rid of “make-bootstrap-phases” and
> adjusted the packages accordingly.  It’s a little janky, but it does
> clear up “commencement.scm”.
> Bootar is released and saw some cosmetic improvements.  Notably, it
> disables “escape-newlines” and uses “pretty-print”, making the SES file
> easy to read for humans.  The SES file is still hosted on my server, but
> at a stable URL.  Is it worrisome that it’s on my server?  I put a
> mirror on Gitlab <>, but the
> URL to the actual file is kinda ugly.  Thoughts?

We can host a copy at <>, which will
be picked up by Software Heritage and archived for eternity.  :-)
Let’s do that when we merge the branch.

> Gash-Utils is released!  The Git repo and tarball are on Savannah.  I
> updated how the base package builds a little bit, and fiddled with the
> home-page, synopsis, and description.  The bootstrap version was
> installing a useless “template” binary, which I fixed.
> I noticed a little issue with “%boot-mesboot1-inputs”, so I fixed it and
> made sure that “bootar” does not get propagated past that point.
> I have not tested the full bootstrap yet, but I did test “hello-mesboot”
> on basically this same code, and it was fine.  Since almost nothing
> substantial has been changed, it should be OK, but you never know until
> you try!  I’ll build the full thing as fast as my little computer can.
> :)

Thank you for all the great work!


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