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Guix gets cross-compilation support

Item posted by Ludovic Courtès <civodul> on Wed Jun 26 21:44:11 2013.

Recently, Guix gained cross-compilation support. What this means is that existing package definitions can be reused to cross compile packages. So for instance one can cross-compile Guile and its dependencies for MIPS with:

This may sound like an unexpected feature for a "package manager". In fact, it is particularly useful when porting the GNU system distribution to new platforms. The distribution being self-contained, it is bootstrapped from a small set of pre-built binaries. With cross-compilation support, porting to a new platform boils down to cross-compiling the bootstrap binaries for that platform.

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