[mercury-users] Any plans for a Mercury deb package (debian/ubuntu)?
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Thu Jun 17 11:45:38 AEST 2010
> From: pbone at csse.unimelb.edu.au
> On Thu, Jun 17, 2010 at 11:01:54AM +1200, Parker Jones wrote:
> > Thanks for your reply Paul.
> > > From: pbone at csse.unimelb.edu.au
> > > On Wed, Jun 16, 2010 at 12:14:15AM +1200, Parker Jones wrote:
> > > >
> > > > Hello,
> > > >
> > > > Are there any plans to release a Mercury debian package? Last time I installed, it took several hours to compile which is a bit of a barrier to entry. I wonder how many users would benefit from it being packaged?
> > > >
> > > > Mercury has been packaged before, so perhaps it could be quite painless...
> > > > http://packages.ubuntu.com/dapper/mercury
> > > > http://packages.ubuntu.com/hardy/mercury
> > > >
> > >
> > > I've started work on a Debian package, but unfortunatly I don't have much spare
> > > time to work on this. I definitly agree that it would be useful.
> > >
> > > See: http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=379682
> > >From the above link I understand you want to create many debian packages (for the different grades). This is perhaps useful but more complicated and time-consuming. Wouldn't it be easier to simply package it exactly as it was before and get it out of the door. Then when someone has time the packaging could be developed further.
> > Would really love to just type:
> > apt-get install mercury
> Yes. I'd like separate packages, but I'd also like a meta package perhaps
> 'mercury-dev' which should include "everything you need to develop in Mercury".
> Using separate packages in Debian is actually really easy. The hard bit is
> making sure all of mercury's features are packaged correctly. Therefore I'll
> start by disabling most but the very basic features and packaging only:
> + The compiler (statically linked).
> + Other utilities and scripts that the compiler needs.
> + Mercury's equivalent of header files for the standard library.
> + C header files for the runtime system.
> + Static libraries for the runtime system and standard library.
> + The same for the mdbcomp, browse and trace libraries which are linked
> against even in no-debugging grades.
> + All libraries would be built in a single grade, asm_fast.gc
> Also, packing something 'exactly as it is' for Debian isn't really possible.
> Debian's policies are quite strict (and for good reason). I've put in some
> effort already to make Mercury more con formant.
> If you're interested in what I've done already point your i386 or amd64 lenny
> system at:
I gave it a try installing the deb under Ubuntu 10.04 but I couldn't satisfy the gcc-3.4 dependency :-(
> Thanks for your interest.
Thank you Paul for putting some time into packaging.
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