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Re: compiled lisp file format (Re: Skipping unexec via a big .elc file)

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: compiled lisp file format (Re: Skipping unexec via a big .elc file)
Date: Mon, 29 May 2017 20:39:22 +0300

> From: Paul Eggert <address@hidden>
> Date: Mon, 29 May 2017 09:37:15 -0700
> Cc: Emacs developers <address@hidden>
> > If we want standardized object/executable format specifically for the 
> > preloaded environment, perhaps using the native format by way of the C 
> > compiler is a better choice.  I think this may have come up in the 
> > discussion before.  The big loss there is the ability to create a new saved 
> > environment without having a C compiler handy, but it seems like a thing 
> > few people are likely to want to do, and even fewer non-developers who 
> > might not be able to install a compiler.
> Yes, this is my preferred solution too; I was the one who made that 
> suggestion. 
> Although Eli didn't like the idea at the time, perhaps there will come a day 
> when we revisit it. It should be faster than even Guile's ELF-based loading, 
> which is already plenty fast.

I have no doubt it will be faster.  My problem with this alternative
is that I believe maintaining it will need experts on C and C
compilers that we cannot rely on having available.

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