[Ecls-list] -dir doesn't really work & build musing

Juan Jose Garcia-Ripoll Juan.Ripoll at mpq.mpg.de
Mon Dec 10 07:55:02 UTC 2001

Hannu Koivisto wrote:
> Juan Jose Garcia-Ripoll <Juan.Ripoll at mpq.mpg.de> writes:
> > There are no specific changes. That is the reason why I did not use
> > vendor branches. Regarding the Boehm GC, the version used is rather new,
> > and at the time I imported it, it was not used in any platform thus I
> > did not use --enable-local-boehm. No other reason, and perhaps it is a
> > good idea to add --enable-local-boehm so that ECL takes advantage of the
> > fact that the collector is installed as a shared library under Debian.
> Even if it couldn't be installed as a shared library from a Debian
> package, I would rather install it separately and then have ECL use
> that installation.  I kind of wonder why Boehm GC and GMP are in
> ECL CVS to begin with if there are no local changes to them.

Because at some time these changes may be needed and the response time
for BGC or GMP may be slower than us --although I might give the
opposite impression these days :)

For instance, today I had to fix the BGC in order to support the powerpc
architecture under AIX. I had to do similar things with GMP long ago,
although my patches were unnecessary thanks to the following 3.x
releases. I think we are safe keeping copies of the GMP and BGC trees
and this makes it easier for people to build ECL straight out of the


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