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Re: [RFC] Replace Java with Go in default languages

On Wed, Nov 13, 2013 at 1:51 PM, Andrew Haley <> wrote:
> On 11/13/2013 12:37 PM, Richard Biener wrote:
>> On Wed, Nov 13, 2013 at 12:52 PM, Andrew Haley <> wrote:
>>> On 11/13/2013 11:29 AM, Richard Biener wrote:
>>>> On Wed, Nov 13, 2013 at 12:24 PM, Andrew Haley <> wrote:
>>>>> On 11/13/2013 10:56 AM, Richard Biener wrote:
>>>>>> At least we don't need a Java source code frontend, no?  Just keeping
>>>>>> the bytecode compiler and GIJ should be enough?  That way we can
>>>>>> strip the classpath copy of everything that isn't needed, thus not
>>>>>> provide a Java library.  Reduces testing coverage of GCJ to almost
>>>>>> zero, but ...
>>>>> Eh?  We don't even have a Java source code frontend.  In a GCC
>>>>> build we compile everything from bytecode.
>>>> Don't we drop in ecj.jar and compile that to native code?  Ah, seems to
>>>> be an optional feature.  Which means only very little pieces of libgcj should
>>>> be required to bootstrap if we remove that feature without also dropping
>>>> in a classpath.jar?
>>> I don't get it.  If you want not to build libgcj in bootstrap, don't
>>> build it.  But there's no need to mess about like this.
>> I also want to reduce repository size by removing parts of (or you
>> say all of?) classpath, retaining only those portions we need for
>> bootstrap & regtest.
> Really?  Wouldn't it make more sense for people to check out what they
> need?  Is this a mayor issue?

It was one of the major complaints we received when dropping the
split of the distributed tarballs, that is, no more gcc-core-4.8.2.tar.bz2.
libjava is roughly half of the whole source tarball ...

But I don't know much about the libjava setup to say if making classpath
external would even work.


> Andrew.

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