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[bug#38390] [core-updates] Scheme-only bootstrap: merge wip-bootstrap

From: Ludovic Courtès
Subject: [bug#38390] [core-updates] Scheme-only bootstrap: merge wip-bootstrap
Date: Sun, 01 Dec 2019 18:14:23 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/26.3 (gnu/linux)

Hi, Timothy!

Timothy Sample <address@hidden> skribis:

> Ludovic Courtès <address@hidden> writes:


>> So this is meant to be a Gash extension but separate from Gash.  Looks
>> really cool!
> My long term plan for it is to be a really, really souped-up version of
> “(guix build utils)”.  Hopefully we can get reasonably nice Scheme
> interfaces for common shell idioms and then build the utilities on top
> of those interfaces.  Then, the library could be useful independent of
> the external utilities, Gash, and bootstrapping.  It’s nowhere near
> there yet, but that’s the goal.

I agree with the goal!  Having a nice Scheme interface for all these
things, perhaps with inspiration from scsh, would be great, and
certainly nicer than the very ad-hoc (guix build utils).

>> Do you plan to eventually merge it on Savannah?  (I expected to find the
>> code there.  :-)
> Yes!  I plan to add another repo as part of the Gash project.  This will
> happen when it’s closer to an initial release.  (I’ll have to audit all
> of the copyright notices, etc., which I find easier to do while getting
> ready for a release.)


>> BTW, I posted (unimportant) patches to
>> <>.)
> I was not subscribed to gash-devel!  :P  I was an admin, but that
> doesn’t mean I was subscribed.  Sorry!
> I noticed the install path patch that you added to the Guix package, so
> it’s already fixed.  So far I’ve been too busy to test on Guile 3....

Heheh, no problem.  :-)

> In around one week (with the usual caveats around software estimates), I
> will make another release of Gash, at which point it will be “good
> enough” for the bootstrapping task.  After that, I plan to turn my
> attention to the other utilities.  There’s a lot of administrative work
> and cleaning to do there, so it will take some time to get a release
> out.  Once that happens I’ll move on to removing some intermediate
> bootstrapping packages like early versions of Gawk, etc.

Sounds good, thanks a lot for all the work!


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