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Re: Why not zlib-compress-region?

From: Paul Eggert
Subject: Re: Why not zlib-compress-region?
Date: Sat, 28 Jun 2014 11:06:11 -0700
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Stephen J. Turnbull wrote:
  > So having an FFI implementation that requires a compiler might be a
  > disadvantage on Posix systems as well.

Anything's possible.  I don't think it's worth worrying about it.
XEmacs/SXEmacs have*never*  received complaints about availability of
compilers for our version of "Stefan-style FFI".

My experience, such as it is, mirrors yours. Availability of compilers is not a significant problem on GNUish and POSIXish systems.

It'd be reasonable to implement "Stefan-style FFI" assuming the presence of a compiler, and then worry about systems lacking compilers later. We wouldn't be any worse off than we are now.

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