[fpc-devel] Missing bootstrap compilers and feature request

Wayne Sherman wsherman at gmail.com
Mon Nov 1 21:58:24 CET 2021

Most stand alone compilers for bootstrapping a new system are missing
from recent releases:

   ftp://ftp.freepascal.org/pub/fpc/dist/3.0.4/bootstrap/  [has 7
bootstrap compilers]
   ftp://ftp.freepascal.org/pub/fpc/dist/3.2.0/bootstrap/  [has 2
bootstrap compilers]
   ftp://ftp.freepascal.org/pub/fpc/dist/3.2.2/bootstrap/  [emply]

I have a feature request. Instead of having a
"...dist/[fpc_version]/bootstrap" directory, use the cpu-os directory
and automatically create a bootstrap compiler archive during the build
process.  Like this:


Or maybe use the same archive name for each:

Having a consistent location and naming convention would make it
easier to create automated build systems that download and bootstrap a
new fpc and lazarus build directly from git on a new system.  The
alternative is to download a large archive (e.g. ~83 MB for
fpc-3.2.2.x86_64-linux.tar) and extract a bootstrap compiler (e.g.
ppcx64 is only ~4 MB) from deep inside (three levels deep of

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