[LAD] optimum binary distribution (was: vectorization)

Nick Bailey n.j.bailey at elec.gla.ac.uk
Thu Apr 17 14:16:38 UTC 2008

> This sounds really cumbersome. And some very widely used distributions
> do not install a C-Compiler by default.
> What do you think about the approach taken by "liboil"?
> http://liboil.freedesktop.org/
> The library has implementations for various CPU-Extensions, and at run
> time, when the library is initialized, a set of function pointers is
> set to point to the "right" implementation functions.
> Cheers
> -Richard

How about getting the package installer to do the test and select the 
appropriate binary (or at least dl lib)? Of course, that'd screw up machines 
which nfs mount /usr/bin, but do many people use diskless workstations these 
days? And you wouldn't have to run the checks every time the application 
started up.

Just a thought...


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