[pypy-svn] r55621 - pypy/dist/pypy/doc

arigo at codespeak.net arigo at codespeak.net
Fri Jun 6 09:50:05 CEST 2008

Author: arigo
Date: Fri Jun  6 09:50:04 2008
New Revision: 55621

Add a faq entry with our (or at least my) position on
this topic.

Modified: pypy/dist/pypy/doc/faq.txt
--- pypy/dist/pypy/doc/faq.txt	(original)
+++ pypy/dist/pypy/doc/faq.txt	Fri Jun  6 09:50:04 2008
@@ -281,6 +281,23 @@
 an "entry point" function. The translation toolchain follows all calls
 recursively and discovers what belongs to the program and what not.
+Can I use PyPy and RPython to compile smaller parts of my Python program?
+No.  That would be possible, and we played with early attempts in that
+direction, but there are many delicate issues: for example, how the
+compiled and the non-compiled parts exchange data.  Supporting this in a
+nice way would be a lot of work.
+PyPy is certainly a good starting point for someone that would like to
+work in that direction.  Early attempts were dropped because they
+conflicted with refactorings that we needed in order to progress on the
+rest of PyPy; the currently active developers of PyPy have different
+priorities.  If someone wants to start working in that direction I
+imagine that he might get a (very little) bit of support from us,
 What's the ``"NOT_RPYTHON"`` I see in some docstrings?

Modified: pypy/dist/pypy/doc/redirections
--- pypy/dist/pypy/doc/redirections	(original)
+++ pypy/dist/pypy/doc/redirections	Fri Jun  6 09:50:04 2008
@@ -4,6 +4,6 @@
     'news.html': 'home.html',
     'contact.html': 'home.html',
     'jit.html': 'jit/index.html',
-    'standalone-howto.html': 'faq.html#can-pypy-compile-normal-python-programs',
+    'standalone-howto.html': 'faq.html#pypy-translation-tool-chain',

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