Bootstrapping with HC files

Simon Marlow simonmar at
Tue Dec 13 04:18:08 EST 2005

On 12 December 2005 18:21, Andrew Walrond wrote:

> 3) Why don't you guys supply hc tarballs for bootstrapping on common
> platforms? They would seem to be rather more versatile than the usual
> rpms and binary tarballs.

A couple of reasons, neither of which is very convincing: 

  1. the HC files are sensitive to platform differences, so
     I'm not sure that HC files generated for one flavour of Linux
     would necessarily work on other flavours, for example.

  2. building from HC files isn't well supported, and tends to be
     rather fragile, so we don't like to encourage it.  The reason it
     isn't well supported is just lack of time.


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