Opened 13 years ago

Closed 13 years ago

Last modified 12 years ago

#709 closed defect (worksforme)

Development process problem: the self-dependency loop in the compiler is too tight

Reported by: johnwcowan Owned by:
Priority: major Milestone: 4.9.0
Component: compiler Version: 4.7.x
Keywords: Cc:
Estimated difficulty:


Today I tried to recompile the current head after a make confclean, and found that my copy of chicken dating from 2011-09-21 (11 days old) was unable to compile it, because it did not understand the specialization type input-port. It's reasonable to add a new specialization type. It's not reasonable to change the source to depend on it at the same time. Now I'm stuck: until there is a new release tarball from which I can get an up-to-date chicken, I can't rebuild my system.

I see several possibilities here.

  1. Use a new branch for fast-changing but un-bypassable features like specialization. I am basically in favor of doing all development on trunk, but because Chicken builds depend so delicately on Chicken builds, some concessions may have to be made.
  1. Have a switch to disable optimizations like this -- I tried setting optimize-level to 0 in defaults.make, but it didn't help.
  1. As a matter of social engineering, make sure to bump the minimal version number every time a backward incompatibility like this happens, and issue a release tarball. At present the latest tarball is 4.7.2, so old as to be useless with trunk.

Change History (4)

comment:1 Changed 13 years ago by Jim Ursetto

Did you make boot-chicken first?

comment:2 Changed 13 years ago by johnwcowan

I've now read the comments on #696, so closing that one and keeping this as a doc issue.

comment:3 Changed 13 years ago by johnwcowan

Resolution: worksforme
Status: newclosed

With the new chickenista page, I'll close this too.

comment:4 Changed 12 years ago by felix winkelmann


Milestone 4.8.0 deleted

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