Re: Announcing CML2, a replacement for the kbuild system

From: James Sutherland (
Date: Thu May 25 2000 - 01:25:51 EST

On Wed, 24 May 2000, Eric S. Raymond wrote:

> Alexander Viro <>:
> > Not only. Dependency on Python is definitely a problem - not everyone uses
> > 'everything and a kitchen sink' type of userland.
> I'm aware of the problem :-). Python programs can be compiled to
> portable C sources using the `freeze' tool. The translation is
> inelegant (it embeds a Python byte-code interpreter in the generated
> C) but it works. So a working CML2 configurator can be shipped for an
> environment without Python.
> Even if this weren't true, we'd be trading dependencies and not adding
> one. The Perl stuff in the scripts directory will go away shortly
> (that is, assuming that Linus approves the CML1->CML2 change). This
> would be a net gain in kernel autonomy, as Perl *can't* be compiled away.


Personally, I've got both perl and python on my machine. On the other
hand, there are machines out there without tools like "make" and "cc" - do
you want to support them, as well - bundle a copy of GCC etc. with the


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