>>>> "Mike" == Mike Fabian
Mike> work, i.e. it seems that the portable dumper really doesn't
Mike> care about comreloc. As far as I can see, XEmacs works fine
Mike> with the portable dumper. Does the portable dumper have any
1. It currently requires "cruft" in the bin directory, namely the
dump file itself. Many people dislike this, but finding a "safe"
place to put it in the executable requires unexec-like knowledge of
2. unexec is simply the image of memory as loaded by the system.
Therefore it neither knows nor cares about Lisp data structures. The
portable dumper does need such knowledge, and we haven't yet managed
to automate that yet. While I do not expect more bugs from this, we
have seen a few bugs that result from parts of XEmacs not being
properly pdump-ized, and I can't exclude the possibility.
Mike> Is it recommended to build binary packages of XEmacs with
Mike> the portable dumper?
Not if unexec has a history of working solidly. Experience with the
portable dumper is much shorter and includes recent bugs. Not to
mention that the main pdump developers (Olivier and Martin) are
currently busy with work and play respectively.
I see no reason for people who build their own frequently not to use
the pdumper; risks are low. But for people who use a binary package
and hope to leave it in place for a year or so, I don't think it's
worth suing pdump just to satisfy "political correctness."
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