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Re: [Gcl-devel] Re: [Axiom-developer] New design for Axiom web site

From: Mark Murray
Subject: Re: [Gcl-devel] Re: [Axiom-developer] New design for Axiom web site
Date: Wed, 01 Oct 2003 08:14:22 +0100

root writes:
> I don't understand why it is important to use an already installed
> lisp image.  It seems likely to be yet-another-source-of-trouble
> like the X library issues. What am I missing?

The already-installed lisp versions (may) have been hacked to
actually work, and they may be standard didtributions of the lisp
compiler distributed by the OS vendor (.rpm, .deb or FreeBSD "port"

The Axiom copy of lisp is a fork, and an incompatible one to boot,
so us OS people (well, me anyway - I'm with FreeBSD) are trying to
use the one that we already have to get things to work.

After all, when you get (say) X, it doesn't come bundled with the
version of GCC that the XFree86 folks have certified that it will
compile with, right? Instead, over time #ifdef hell has developed,
and configuration stuff has been done to make sure that whatever
package it is has been put together to work with whatever you already
have, as far as practical. Sometimes, of course you have to bail out
and say things like "This needs an ANSI C compiler, K&R won't work,
ever!", but bolting every tool that is needed onto the side of the
package concerned is overkill IMO.

I hear what you say about the extensions, and I understand why you
need them; are Camm's proposals not suitable?

That's the way I'm thinking :-)

Mark Murray
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