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Re: [Chicken-users] sassy and libffi

From: Brandon J. Van Every
Subject: Re: [Chicken-users] sassy and libffi
Date: Fri, 18 Nov 2005 04:18:17 -0800
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felix winkelmann wrote:

On 11/16/05, Brandon J. Van Every <address@hidden> wrote:

I notice it requires libffi.  Anyone know how deeply tied to libffi it is?

As a Windows guy who'd like to get away with MinGW for everything, but
probably can't because it's a VC++ world out there, I'm leery of this
dependency.  I'm also leery of libffi itself as a project.  When I read
mailing list archives and Google around for info about it, it seems like
a project whose authors can't make up their minds about how it's going
to be deployed.  They don't update their ancient webpage, one version is
in the GCC sources, people feel it's a pain to pull out of the GCC
sources so they bundle custom tarballs for their own projects (including
Chicken), the libffi authors talk about releasing it standalone again...
especially on Windows, it all sounds like a recipe for build disasters.

Yes, somehow the libffi maintainers seem to be reluctant or unable to
make proper, regular releases.
There is a win32 version of it in the PLT CVS repo, and somewhere on my
hard-disk at work. If you are interested, I can send you the code (might need a
few days).
Thanks, but I will pass. I wish sassy the best of luck, but libffi is not the right basis for my Windows purposes.

Brandon Van Every

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