[squeak-dev] Bootstrapping

tim Rowledge tim at rowledge.org
Sun Jun 29 22:27:03 UTC 2008

On 29-Jun-08, at 9:48 AM, Bert Freudenberg wrote:
> No. You need a C compiler, true, but it builds the next C compiler  
> from text sources only, it does not clone itself.
> This is also the difference between using SystemTracer to clone an  
> image into a new format vs. what Ralph suggested, using an image to  
> assemble a new image from scratch, containing only an explicitly  
> defined set of objects.

This turns to not be the case. I did not suggest using the tracer to  
clone an image into a new format; I suggested building a clump of new  
objects in an existing image's memory and then tracing out that clump  
only. How would one separate this from the operation of a typical C  
compiler; read source, generate stuff into memory, write it out.

But it really doesn't matter. Nothing we can do will stop some people  
from making pointless objections and raising a ruckus. They just don't  
like Smalltalk.

tim Rowledge; tim at rowledge.org; http://www.rowledge.org/tim
A computer scientist is someone who fixes things that aren't broken.

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