Dan Nicholson dbn.lists at
Mon Oct 6 09:35:51 PDT 2008

On Mon, Oct 6, 2008 at 8:55 AM, Jeremy Huntwork
<jhuntwork at> wrote:
> 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.

Just for the record, I know guile can use an external libgmp:;a=blob;;h=e67e1d84;hb=HEAD#l820

Google shows that clamav and openswan use it, too. I don't know if
that's compelling enough, but I thought it should be known.


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