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Re: GNU Mes 0.21 released


Congrats!

On Tue, Nov 26, 2019, 11:11 Brett Gilio <brettg@posteo.net> wrote:

> Jan Nieuwenhuizen <janneke@gnu.org> writes:
>
> > We are pleased to announce the release of GNU Mes 0.21, representing
> > 54 commits over 10 weeks.
> >
> > Mes has now brought the Reduced Binary Seed bootstrap to Guix (bootstrap
> > a GNU/Linux system without binary GNU toolchain or equivalent).  See
> > https://guix.gnu.org/blog/2019/guix-reduces-bootstrap-seed-by-50/
> >
> > This release supports a Scheme-only bootstrap: Mes can now be built with
> > Gash and the experimental Gash Core Utils instead of using GNU Awk, GNU
> > Bash, the GNU Core Utilities, GNU Grep, GNU Gzip, GNU Make, GNU SED, and
> > GNU Tar.  Also, the Mes C Library now supports bootstrapping those.
> > Finally, this release brings Mes as a package to Debian GNU/Linux.
> >
> > We are excited that the Nlnet Foundation[12] is now sponsoring this
> > work!
> >
> > Next targets:
> >
> >  - Introduce the Reduced Binaries Seed bootstrap to NixOS (Debian,
> >    Gentoo, ...?)
> >  - Scheme-only bootstrap: use Guile, Gash and Gash Core Utils to remove
> >    awk, bash, core utilities, grep, gzip, make, sed, tar, etc. from the
> >    Guix bootstrap binaries
> >  - ARM support
> >  - Full Source Bootstrap: compile Mes.c using M2-Planet
> >  - Reduced Binary Seed bootstrap for ARM
> >  - the Hurd
> >
> > Packages are available in Guix master.
> >
> > * About
> >
> >   GNU Mes[0] brings a Reduced Binary Seed bootstrap[1] to GNU Guix[2].
> >   This bootstrap has halved the size of opaque, uninspectable binaries
> >   that were needed to bootstrap Guix.  The final goal is to help create
> >   a full source bootstrap as part of the bootstrappable builds[3] effort
> >   for any interested UNIX-like operating system.
> >
> >   It consists of a mutual self-hosting Scheme interpreter written in
> >   ~5,000 LOC of simple C and a Nyacc-based C compiler written in Scheme.
> >   This mes.c is being simplified[4] to be transpiled by M2-Planet[5].
> >
> >   The Scheme interpreter has a Garbage Collector, a library of loadable
> >   Scheme modules-- notably Dominique Boucher's LALR[6], Pre-R6RS
> >   [portable syntax-case[7] with R7RS ellipsis, Matt Wette's Nyacc[8]
> >   --and test suite just enough to support a REPL and a C99 compiler:
> >   MesCC.
> >
> >   Mes+MesCC can compile an only lightly patched TinyCC[9] that is
> >   self-hosting.  Using this tcc and the Mes C library we now have a
> >   Reduced Binary Seed bootstrap for the gnutools triplet: glibc-2.2.5,
> >   binutils-2.20.1, gcc-2.95.3.  This is enough to bootstrap Guix for
> >   i686-linux and x86_64-linux.
> >
> >   Mes is inspired by The Maxwell Equations of Software: LISP-1.5[10] --
> John
> >   McCarthy page 13, GNU Guix's source/binary packaging transparency and
> >   Jeremiah Orians's stage0[11] ~500 byte self-hosting hex assembler.
> >
> > * Download
> >
> >   git clone git://git.savannah.gnu.org/mes.git
> >
> >   Here are the compressed sources and a GPG detached signature[*]:
> >     https://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/mes/mes-0.21.tar.gz
> >     https://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/mes/mes-0.21.tar.gz.sig
> >
> >   Use a mirror for higher download bandwidth:
> >     https://ftpmirror.gnu.org/mes/mes-0.21.tar.gz
> >     https://ftpmirror.gnu.org/mes/mes-0.21.tar.gz.sig
> >
> >   Here are the MD5 and SHA1 checksums:
> >
> >   dea43529d2d84fb4b9d81bdd9efcc715  mes-0.21.tar.gz
> >   35721a81feeab6e0d5913b8bf78f18951edbb964  mes-0.21.tar.gz
> >
> >   [*] Use a .sig file to verify that the corresponding file (without the
> >   .sig suffix) is intact.  First, be sure to download both the .sig file
> >   and the corresponding tarball.  Then, run a command like this:
> >
> >     gpg --verify mes-0.21.tar.gz.sig
> >
> >   If that command fails because you don't have the required public key,
> >   then run this command to import it:
> >
> >     gpg --keyserver keys.gnupg.net --recv-keys
> 1A858392E331EAFDB8C27FFBF3C1A0D9C1D65273
> >
> >   and rerun the 'gpg --verify' command.
> >
> > * Get informed, get involved
> >
> >   See https://bootstrappable.org
> >   Join #bootstrappable on irc.freenode.net.
> >
> > * Changes in 0.21 since 0.20
> >  ** Core
> >  *** Mes can now be bootstrapped with Gash and Gash Core Utils.
> >  *** Mes now supports a Scheme-only bootstrap.
> >  *** Mes now supports -c EXPR.
> >  ** MesCC
> >  *** Mes C Library now supports bootstrapping GNU Awk, GNU Bash, GNU
> SED, and GNU Tar.
> >  *** Mes C Library now has limited float support in vfprintf, vsnprintf,
> vsscanf.
> >  **** 7 new functions
> >  abtod, atof, creat, dtoab, execlp, isgraph, mknod, readlink, strtod,
> >  symlink.
> >  **** 5 new stubs
> >  getgrgid, getgrnam, getpgid, getpgrp, mktime, setgrent.
> >  ** Noteworthy bug fixes
> >  *** A bug with `mes -c EXPR' has been fixed.
> >  *** The REPL now works again on x86_64.
> >  *** --with-system-libc now works again.
> >
> > Greetings,
> > janneke and Danny.
> >
> > [0] https://www.gnu.org/software/mes
> > [1] https://guix.gnu.org/blog/2019/guix-reduces-bootstrap-seed-by-50/
> > [2] https://www.gnu.org/software/guix
> > [3] https://bootstrappable.org
> > [4] https://github.com/oriansj/mes-m2
> > [5] https://github.com/oriansj/m2-planet
> > [6] https://github.com/schemeway/lalr-scm
> > [7] https://www.cs.indiana.edu/chezscheme/syntax-case/old-psyntax.html
> > [8] https://www.nongnu.org/nyacc
> > [9] https://gitlab.com/janneke/tinycc
> > [10]
> http://www.softwarepreservation.org/projects/LISP/book/LISP%201.5%20Programmers%20Manual.pdf
> > [11] https://savannah.nongnu.org/projects/stage0
> > [12] https://nlnet.nl/project/GNUMes
>
> Fantastic work to everybody involved!
>
> Brett Gilio
>
>


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