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Maxwells Equations of Software.[edit]

This is a program by Jan Nieuwenhuizen to reduce the bootstrap binaries of GuixSD to nothing!


mes implements a lisp interpreter written in C, that is able to run mescc which by using nyacc for parsing and mescc-tools for linking functions as a C compiler.

mescc includes its own libc, written in C and is able to compile mes thus providing a full loop bootstrap.

Breakthrough (Sept 2018)[edit]

Headline! they've managed to bootstrap gcc/glibc/binutils and all of gnu/linux from just: mescc, mes, bash + gnu coreutils and tinycc running on top of linux

Here is a diagram showing the mes based bootstrap packages for GuixSD.

currently the path for bootstrapping MesCC is to build mes-m2 [1] which is a minor fork of mes.c designed to be built by M2-Planet (and unfortunately is not build-able by any other C compiler)

As of Mes 0.24, upstream mes can be built by M2-Planet.