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[Help-smalltalk] Re: amd 64 and gnu smalltalk

From: Canol Gokel
Subject: [Help-smalltalk] Re: amd 64 and gnu smalltalk
Date: Mon, 5 Jan 2009 06:50:53 +0000 (UTC)
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Sean Allen <sean <at>> writes:

> i was going to install gnu smalltalk on a debian etch system running  
> on a 64 bit amd processor via apt-get and noticed that there is no  
> package for that processor.
> is there a technical reason for this? if i build from source, will it  
> not work? if building from source is going to result in a buggy  
> implementation, i'd rather not waste the time... just want to check  
> before i go about converting all my ruby administration scripts to gnu  
> smalltalk.

I don't know much about packaging but I guess the reason is that nobody prepared
the 64 bit package "yet". So, I don't see a reason for GNU Smalltalk not to work
on 64 bit systems when you compile it.

Though, I don't think that converting all of your Ruby administration scripts
into GST is a good idea. GST is not as stable as Ruby or does not have extra
libraries as much as Ruby has etc... Maybe you should first try some
experimental administration scripts and convert the rest if you are satisfied.

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