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[Chicken-hackers] bootstrap

From: felix winkelmann
Subject: [Chicken-hackers] bootstrap
Date: Thu, 6 Mar 2008 10:19:44 +0100

Elf wrote this on "chicken-janitors":

>idea/suggestion regarding bootstrapping and bootstrap.tar.gz :
>1) get rid of bootstrap.tar.gz .  make a directory, bootstrap, with the c
>   files in it, that doesnt get used by default.  also makes object separation
>   easier.
>2) add a post-commit hook for changes to the bootstrap trunk files that
>   automatically regenerate the corresponding c files.  this ensures that
>   the bootstrap files stay up to date with a minimum of effort, leading
>   to fewer version-bug-related problems.
>i just updated the bootstrap.tar.gz ... it still had regex-extras in it, it
>was from 6 weeks ago, and it was missing the posixwin file (which, especially
>now that theres a theoretically working msvc build script, is kinda vital).

Yes, the bootstrap thing is a horrible hack, but sometimes useful
when one experiments with the compiler and is left in a situation
where no running chicken executable is available.

I would suggest not to worry too much about it. A bootstrapping subdir
is probably a good idea. But automatically regenerating it might be
exactly the wrong thing to do: you want backup .c files to generate
a chicken that is guaranteed to work.


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