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Old 02-23-2007, 02:29 PM   #1
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What is "make bootstrap"?


What is "make bootstrap"?

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Old 02-23-2007, 09:14 PM   #2
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The term bootstrapping refers to a Dutch legend about a boy who was able to fly by pulling himself up by his bootstraps. In computers, this term refers to any process where a simple system activates a more complicated system.
the command "make bootstrap" is usually issued when one wants to compile GCC (you need a compiler to compile a compiler)... the concept resembles the dutch legend due to the fact that, basically, first some basic tools are compiled, then a compiler is compiled, then a compiler is compiled with the compiler that was compiled, etc... i hope this helps you understand the idea a little more...

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