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[Gcl-devel] Re: [open-axiom-devel] binutils subtree removed

From: Andrey G. Grozin
Subject: [Gcl-devel] Re: [open-axiom-devel] binutils subtree removed
Date: Fri, 5 Nov 2010 10:39:43 +0600 (NOVT)
User-agent: Alpine 1.10 (LRH 962 2008-03-14)

On Thu, 4 Nov 2010, Camm Maguire wrote:
But this leaves the question of the gmp4 directory.  Tim once told me
he would have to include it if I removed it, for the convenience
reasons you mention above.  I'm not really sure what I think here.  A
lisp system must implement mp, so it is not illogical for its source
to include this code somewhere.  The older, no longer supported mp
files are still present.  But it is a separate project, and a hassle
to keep current.
Why keep it in the tree? Any Linux distro has gmp. For any distro, it's an absolute taboo for any package to build its private copy of any system library (think security updates to libraries, for example). Many distros have already switched to gmp5. In Gentoo, for example, it's completely out of question for any package to build and install gmp4. It's forbidden. Due to this "convenience", axiom is being removed from Gentoo (in favour of fricas and oa).

In any case, I don't see much convenience here. For packagers of all distros, it's a big inconvenience. Those who compile stuff themselves know what they are doing. They can easily install a gmp package from their distro, or easily compile it.


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