[plt-scheme] small, static, mzscheme executable?

From: Robby Findler (robby at eecs.northwestern.edu)
Date: Tue Jan 20 16:59:36 EST 2009

Tcp/http/regexp is mostly in the standard library, FWIW.


On 1/20/09, Mike Eggleston <mikeegg1 at me.com> wrote:
> On Tue, 20 Jan 2009, Eli Barzilay might have said:
>> On Jan 20, Mike Eggleston wrote:
>> > Morning,
>> >
>> > In the mzscheme distribtion is there a single, small, static
>> > executable that I can copy to my various platforms? My interest in
>> > this question is deciding if mzscheme is a candidate for developing
>> > a management system like cfengine(8). My platforms include windows
>> > xp, windows vista (32 and 64), mac os x, flavors of linux, and
>> > flavors of unix.
>> >
>> > If there is a small executable, but no static executable, is there a
>> > procedure in mzscheme to create a static executable? I'm trying to
>> > limit what I install on these various boxes.
>> Not directly an answer, but I think that it will be much easier to
>> just use the complete directories.  Some related details and comments:
>> * The OSX installer is essentially a directory that you can drag and
>>   drop anywhere in the system.  The Windows installer does the usual
>>   start menu shortcut, and various registry keys -- but ignoring
>>   these, the resulting directory can also be moved anywhere you want.
>>   The Unix installers give you a choice for a "unix-style"
>>   installation (spread according to the FHS) or a single directory
>>   which can be moved around.
>>   -- The bottom line is that you can get a single directory for each
>>      platform that can be placed anywhere in the system.
>> * Since you're interested in MzScheme only, things are even easier.
>>   (For example, the Windows installer is basically just creating the
>>   directory and does none of the rest.)
>> * The executables do rely on some usual C libraries (but it seems that
>>   you're not concerned about that).
>> * There shouldn't be any modifications on any other part of the
>>   system.  The only possible exception is the users $HOME/.plt-scheme
>>   (different directory on OSX/Windows) which is used for things like
>>   preferences and planet.  Given no gui, and if you won't use planet,
>>   you're likely not going to get anything there too.
>> * As another point of reference, you can see our "pre-installers"
>>   (they are available for the nightly builds at pre.plt-scheme.org,
>>   and I can also make the pre-installers of the official release
>>   available).  These are all tgz archives of the PLT trees that can
>>   simply work anywhere you drop them.  (They are one step before last,
>>   when they're converted into the various installers.)
>> * Note that the MzScheme distribution is intended for a server
>>   situation and not much else.  It will be a good idea to have the
>>   normal installation on the machine you actually use.
>> * (BTW, I used mzscheme several times to distribute batch jobs to a
>>   compute cluster -- and things tend to be extremely easy to set up.)
>> --
>>           ((lambda (x) (x x)) (lambda (x) (x x)))          Eli Barzilay:
>>                   http://www.barzilay.org/                 Maze is Life!
> Wonderful explanation, thank you. I like the idea of cfengine(8), but
> there are some requirements for that specific application that I'm not
> wild about and don't really fit to my environment. If I can put something
> together, and add code to the windows port for fudging with registery,
> etc., then mzscheme I think will work well for my needed application.
> Part of the problem is how much time I can steal from my regular duties
> to put this together. I may use planet for some of the tcp/http/regex
> stuff, but that's all I can think of off the top.
> Since the installation is simply a directory (off C:\, off /, etc) then
> an under the covers installation is much easier than expected and I'm
> grateful for that.
> Ideally I want to combine configuration and reporting. Sort of blending
> cfengine(8) and hobbit/xymon together. Pulling stuff from cvs, updating
> systems, sounds like great fun.
> Mike
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