Jeremy Huntwork jhuntwork at
Mon Oct 6 08:55:20 PDT 2008

Philipp Christian Loewner wrote:
>  From what I understand about it, building GMP and MPFR as separate
> packages is the preferred method, but the bootstrap build will fail
> to locate these programs in the /tools directory in the first stage.

Hmmm. I read through that thread already, but I didn't see any reasoning 
for why the current approach. I don't know why installing them as 
separate packages is preferable. Some things to consider:

  * Only GCC needs them.

  * GCC has a mechanism built in to build them and use them the way it 
needs to. If we would just let it build them, then there's that much 
less possibility of breakage due to misconfiguration.

  * I don't know if I particularly want to have two extra libs installed 
in my final (or temporary) system that I will either rarely or never use 
otherwise. I've used gpm separately before, but usually, in that 
instance if I need it, I'm totally happy getting it and installing it then.


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