[blfs-dev] Candidate for removal - guile

Richard Melville 6tricky9 at gmail.com
Sun Dec 3 10:36:37 PST 2017

On 3 December 2017 at 15:59, Bruce Dubbs <bruce.dubbs at gmail.com> wrote:

> Richard Melville wrote:
>> On 2 December 2017 at 21:53, Bruce Dubbs <bruce.dubbs at gmail.com
>> <mailto:bruce.dubbs at gmail.com>> wrote:
>>     I am proposing that we remove guile from BLFS.
>>     Packages where it is referenced: gdb, graphviz, gnutls.
>>     In graphviz, it is only used to create optional bindings.
>>     In gdb it is optional and we say that it is currently broken.
>>     In gnutls is is only mentioned as optional.
>>     It takes a long time to build: 9+ SBU.
>>     Removing this package and making the current links external for those
>>     really interested will reduce the overall package maintenance a little
>>     and every little bit helps.
>>     Are there any BLFS users who actually need guile?
>> Yes, I do.  Guile is very important as an intrinsic part of the "GNU
>> Project".  There has been a great deal of work looking at replacing Scheme
>> with Guile in Emacs.  Guile is also important in relation to GnuCash and
>> LilyPond.
> Thanks for the feedback.  We'll leave it in the book.
> That's much appreciated Bruce, thanks.  I forgot to mention GNU Guix, a
useful package manager which also relies on Guile.  I'm currently looking
to see if I can incorporate it into my BLFS builds.

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