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

From: Tim Daly
Subject: Re: [Gcl-devel] Re: [Axiom-developer] New design for Axiom web site
Date: Wed, 1 Oct 2003 09:05:30 -0400

> Having some kind of useful mechanism of adding extensions seems to be
> a focal point?

I suppose. The key problem I've had with adding extensions to gcl
has been system libraries, not gcl itself. The first attempt at
system building was on Redhat 7.3 and required an XFree library
which was not part of the standard build. I had included the rpm
as part of the CVS zips but was convinced that this was, well,
lets just say, ummm, inelegant :-)

The Mandrake install is giving me similar library issues as is
the iMac. I tried getting the latest CVS of GCL but it still
doesn't build. How did you get the Mac build to succeed?

Dynamically adding extensions will mean that the lisp loader
will have to automatically find and link new system libraries.
That's quite a large task.

> The above will need to find a saved_gcl, no? (I'll fix the FreeBSD port
> to add this to the installed bits if so).

The above essentially copies saved_gcl to obj/linux/bin/lisp.
In some hopeful future you should just be able to find the lisp
on the path.

> The FreeBSD port infrastructure takes care of the details, like installing
> GCL if its not already there.

Can you point me to the docs on this? How does this magic happen?

> Did you get his long email

Yes, this morning. (Last night was my anniversary so I was kinda 
lame about reading email). I'll study it in more detail.


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