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Re: [Axiom-developer] Debugging Boot

From: Gabriel Dos Reis
Subject: Re: [Axiom-developer] Debugging Boot
Date: 27 Nov 2006 04:12:58 +0100

"Bill Page" <address@hidden> writes:

| Gaby,
| On November 26, 2006 6:44 PM you wrote:
| > 
| > Don't be sorry.  Apparently, I made the incorrect assumption
| > that Bill was more knowledgeable with the system than he thinks
| > he is.  That exceedingly annoyed him.  Please ignore my message.
| > 
| I think you misunderstand. Both your message and Gregory's message
| were very useful and should not be ignored. What annoyed me was
| how poorly written they were as documentation for how to use boot.

If my orginal message appeared as a poor documentation, it was because
it was a genuine question, not a documentation.

| It would have been better to simply point out that what I wrote as
| two commands to compile Boot source code to Lisp code and then to
| compile and load the Lisp code, can actually be written as one
| simple command:
|  )lisp (boot "src/interp/i-output2.boot")
| The example of 
|   )lisp (boottran::boot "src/interp/i-output2.boot")
| in your original question, apparently concerning bootsys, was out
| of context or perhaps you were not aware that 'boottran' is not
| the package name used in AXIOMsys.

I've seen the package boottran used in many places in src/interp,
therefore I (incorrectly) assumed that its interface (e.g. as old Boot
translator) is almost the same as in src/boot (e.g. as the new Boot
translator).  Your second message, seems to indicate it is not.
That information was not available to me when I sent my original
message (which was a genuine question), therefore I could not gave
suggested that the single command does the same thing as the two
commands (I knew it was the same for bootsys, I wasn't sure for old
boot).  Which is why I did ask.  But, apparently, I should have not.  

-- Gaby

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