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From Tom Tromey <tro...@redhat.com>
Subject Re: Developing Harmony
Date Fri, 20 May 2005 23:33:17 GMT
>>>>> "Ben" == Ben Laurie <ben@algroup.co.uk> writes:

>> One answer is, cross-build the VM from another machine that it does
>> work on.  This is one way people bring up GCC on a new machine as
>> well.

Ben> I'm going to stop beating on this dead horse: you'll be happy if we
Ben> can implement the VM in Java. I'll be happy if we can implement it in
Ben> C.

Ben> We'll both be happy if we can implement it in either.

I was just answering questions, not advocating a position.  I really
don't care much about the implementation language; I care more about
some attributes of the result.

One thing I don't know, that I would like to know, is what parts of
the java class libraries are used by the JikesRVM core.  How big is
the minimal installed image?  What runtime facilities of Java are
assumed by the core?  E.g., does the JIT itself rely crucially on
exception handling?  Garbage collection?

The reason I ask is that I'm curious about how minimal a system can be
made with JikesRVM.


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