[pypy-dev] bootstrapping issues
DavidA at ActiveState.com
Sat Jan 11 22:48:10 CET 2003
holger krekel wrote:
>Bootstrapping will be a hot topic for Minimal Python
>itself. We probably first want to use the CPython
>development environemnt to get going. We probably
>want to base it on the python-2.3 cvs tree.
>There is the idea of not using make/configure/automake
>but a simple understandable debuggable (read: python based)
>build environment. IOW words the number of dependencies
>for building Minimal Python should also be minimal.
May I suggest scons (http://www.scons.org/)? It's what I would use in a
new project today.
>For avoiding the need of C-coded system modules
>there is interest to code a generalization of
>the "struct" module which allows *calling* functions at
>the C-level. This general C-"Extension" will be
>system-dependent. The gateway code between the "machine"
>and python probably needs to be coded in assembler:
>You can't "construct" a C-function call within
>ANSI-C. Both Microsoft and Apple have proprietary
>solutions for Java. (these insights courtesy of
>Jens-Uwe Mager and Christian Tismer who endorse
I will point people towards the code in Mozilla that does similar
things, called xptcall:
It's XPCOM centered, but many of the ideas and the assembly code for
mac, win32 and os2, and a bunch of unix variants
Robin already mentioned libffi as well.
Looking forward to participating in this very interesting project,
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