[gambit-list] Gerbil v0.8

Dimitris Vyzovitis vyzo at hackzen.org
Tue May 16 11:58:53 EDT 2017

Hi all,

There is a brand new Gerbil release, with important work in the compiler:
gxc now supports compilation of static executables, which don't need a local
gerbil installation to work. The optimizer has also been improved to apply
inline optimizations for local bindings and not just module bindings.

For sources and downloads:

Detailed ChangeLog since v0.7:
- compiler: optimizer improvements and static executables
  - optimizer:
    - track types for local bindings
    - lift locally defined opt/case-lambdas
    - attach inline rules to !lambdas for more complex call optimization
    - track prelude imports to optimize custom preludes deeply
  - driver:
    - support static compilation
      - static: option for compiling library modules for static linkage
      - compile-static-exe for statically linked executables
    - default output directory for executables to current dir
  - gxc:
    - -static option for static compilation
    - -gsc-option and -gsc-option2 for adding arbitrary compilation options
for gsc
    - print usage when invoked with no files and fix error when invoked
with only options
- runtime:
  - find-method now caches struct method resolutions to the rtd vtab
- prelude:
  - extend core.ssxi to include more of the runtime and inline all simple
- stdlib:
  - build static linkage modules for all stdlib
  - std/make supports static library compilation and executables
  - actor/rpc fix latent arity bug caught by the optimizer
- build:
  - [fare] use /bin/sh -eu for build scripts

-- vyzo
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