[Openmcl-devel] A Debian packaging update and an outstanding issue

Faheem Mitha faheem at faheem.info
Sun Aug 12 19:23:04 PDT 2012

On Mon, 13 Aug 2012 01:08:31 +0200, Pascal J. Bourguignon <pjb at informatimago.com> wrote:

> You could instrument ccl with my all new stepper package, trace its
> processing while compiling itself, reformat the output to make it
> even more "human readable" (or modify my stepper to produce this
> nicer output directly).  This would make a procedure that a human
> could execute to produce the initial debian ccl binary.

> An alternative would be to have a human just interpret the ccl
> source code to compile ccl itself, but it may be too complex,
> therefore too error risky.  The first procedure would have more
> step, but they'd be simplier steps.

> You could write a new target for ccl, that would produce C code
> instead of binary code.  Make a cross compilation to that target,
> and have debian people compile that C code with the gcc compiler the
> compiled by had as described in the first procedure above.  They did
> that once upon a time, didn't they?

I'm afraid all this sounds miles over my head.

> Because if they never did that, I'm afraid debian may be compromised:
> http://www.ece.cmu.edu/~ganger/712.fall02/papers/p761-thompson.pdf
>> The phrase "slightly older and compatible" is vague.

> Try to compile gcc 4.5 with gcc 1.0.

I really don't see how this is relevant. I'm not suggesting that the
CCL developers support compilation of CCL by an ancient version of

                                                     Regards, Faheem

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