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[Chicken-janitors] Re: #167: implement new build system

From: Chicken Trac
Subject: [Chicken-janitors] Re: #167: implement new build system
Date: Tue, 23 Feb 2010 01:56:41 -0000

#167: implement new build system
 Reporter:  felix         |       Owner:          
     Type:  task          |      Status:  assigned
 Priority:  major         |   Milestone:  4.4.0   
Component:  build system  |     Version:  4.3.x   
 Keywords:                |  

Comment(by iraikov):

 I agree that eventually it would be nice to have a DSL for generating
 makefiles, but before we can design such a DSL, we need some design cases.
 Such design cases can only be obtained by a relatively straightforward
 ('boring') port of the current Makefiles to Scheme, and then iteratively
 improving and generalizing the resulting build system. I think this would
 be better than trying to come up with some grand design that doesn't work.

 Replying to [comment:3 felix]:
 > Replying to [comment:2 iraikov]:
 > > A while ago, I ported the Chicken 3 build system to Scheme. The
 results are [
 here]. Of course, the non hygienic macros would have to be rewritten and
 the build rules updated for Chicken 4, but at least this is a starting
 > Yes, I remember. Replacing the build is quite an undertaking I'm afraid,
 and shouldn't be underestimated. I actually tried to write a tool from
 scratch (based on `C`), but failed miserably. Using chicken-make is an
 option, but I'm afraid of bootstrapping issues. What if it doesn't
 compile? I also find the approach (basically just a `make(3)` replacement
 with full programming capabilities) somewhat boring. I'll have to think
 some more about it.

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