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rugxulo



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I've mentioned before that I'm a fan of bootstrapping, even if I personally haven't done much of it. It seems like a good idea, but usually I only see Forth users caring about such details.

Even though I'm only a casual Linux user (sometimes), and thus I've never used this particular distro, it seems that GuixSD contributors have done some cool work with something called Mes.

Phoronix wrote:

Mes consists of a self-hosting Scheme interpreter and a Nyacc-based C compiler written in Scheme. From this Scheme interpreter to build its C compiler, it can then build a (slightly patched) TinyCC compiler and in turn that resulting TinyCC compiler can go on to building GCC 4.7, Glibc 2.2.5, and Binutils 2.20 for getting a toolchain in place to go on to build the rest of the GNU/Linux platform.


Granted, I don't know Scheme (or any Lisp) and have no direct interest in it, but this sounds fascinating!
Post 29 Aug 2018, 01:14
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Coty



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So... It can build the kernel/whole operating system every time you boot? Am I understanding this wrong? This just seems silly.

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Post 31 Aug 2018, 15:58
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rugxulo



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I haven't looked closely, but no, it's not rebuilding every single time, only once, just to prove that everything is reproducible from scratch.
Post 31 Aug 2018, 16:23
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