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Bug 794250 - dev-lang/spidermonkey - Please provide binary package
Summary: dev-lang/spidermonkey - Please provide binary package
Alias: None
Product: Gentoo Linux
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Current packages (show other bugs)
Hardware: All Linux
: Normal normal (vote)
Assignee: Mozilla Gentoo Team
Depends on:
Reported: 2021-06-05 08:57 UTC by Bernd H.
Modified: 2021-06-06 12:34 UTC (History)
1 user (show)

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Description Bernd H. 2021-06-05 08:57:57 UTC
Spidermonkey is required for essential packages like polkit or Gnome/Cinnamon. However the compilation of spidermonkey has very high requirements on the system, which have even more increased with the version bump from spidermonkey 68 to 78: At least 6400MB of hard disk for spidermonkey 78 and very high ram usage due to rust.

Therefore: Please consider providing a binary package, otherwise the usage of Gentoo on older systems with limited hardware resources will be unfeasible.
Comment 1 Cănărău Constantin 2021-06-05 21:25:52 UTC
Is is not a official solution, but spidermonkey can be replaced by duktape. It has a much lower compile requirements.
See bug #734326.
Comment 2 Ionen Wolkens gentoo-dev 2021-06-06 12:34:06 UTC
I may be wrong, but unlike firefox-bin I don't think mozilla distributes a usable pre-built libmozjs. There are very few cases where *-bin packages are built by Gentoo at the moment and it's upstream's binaries.