[mercury-users] Creating EXE from il, am I missing something? (Thanks for the Mercury language)

Jonathan Morgan jonmmorgan at gmail.com
Fri May 11 20:54:02 AEST 2007

On 5/11/07, Eric Taucher <gluon at earthlink.net> wrote:
> First let me thank those that made Mercury. Having used Prolog for years, I
> am glad to have found a typed logic/functional language. I am also pleased
> that it might work with .NET.
> Now that I have passed the installation, test, and compiling with –target
> il, I am looking to create executable files directly, but seem to have gone
> past what is documented.
> Can Mercury 13.1 generate an exe file with the –target il? I am only getting
> a DLL, and I don't know if I am missing another option or something.

I intermittently check how the .NET backend is going and fix things
that don't work.  mercury-0.13.1 does work with .NET 1.1, but there
might need to be a few minor changes.
>From memory, mercury will generate DLL files for every module, and
then an executable for the main module.  You will need to pass
--enable-dotnet or something similar to configure when you install
Mercury, then try `mmc --make hello --grade il' in the samples
directory.  This should create an executable.

Note from the web page that the IL backend is still considered of beta
quality.  I would not rely on it for production code, because it is
frequently broken, and does not support all of Mercury.  Code
generated with it is fairly bulky and slow to start up, and it cannot
compare with the speeds of Mercury's C backends.  Many of the
libraries in extras and elsewhere rely on having a C backend.  In
short, while playing with the IL backend is interesting, it is
unlikely to provide you with brilliant .NET inter-operability.  For
pure Mercury programs I would favour the C backends.


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