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Date:      Thu, 11 Jun 2015 19:33:06 +1000
From:      andrew clarke <>
Subject:   Re: swift under freebsd?
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On Tue 2015-06-09 21:38:27 UTC+1000, andrew clarke ( wrote:

> > hi, in case someone missed it, there's been an announcement that apple's 
> > swift will be open sourced soon.
> > they are going pretty much full-out, even the libraries are going to get 
> > open sourced along with the compiler.
> > in that case, would freebsd import support for swift within the base 
> > system in the near future?
> I think it would only end up in the FreeBSD base system if a
> particular program in base required it. However the general trend over
> the years has been to remove dependencies from base (Perl, Ruby)
> rather than add more.
> ObjC support is in base more by coincidence, because clang is required
> to build the base system in FreeBSD 10.0 and newer, and clang includes
> ObjC support. clang will never build Swift apps, though.

Actually on further investigation, while Clang might support the ObjC
syntax, none of the ObjC libraries are available in FreeBSD base.

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