libguile 2.0 packages for ubuntu?

Colin Watson cjwatson at
Tue Sep 27 12:31:55 UTC 2011

On Tue, Sep 27, 2011 at 01:36:25PM +0200, Reinhold Kainhofer wrote:
> I'm one of the developers or LilyPond (the GNU music notation application), 
> and we heavily depend on guile (actually, large parts of lilypond are written 
> in guile).
> Now, in February, guile 2.0 was released, which has a much improved garbage 
> collection (based on libgc), proper unicode support, compiled code and is MUCH 
> faster.
> So, we'd like to finally switch to guile 2.0 from guile 1.8.
> Unfortunately, we depend on ubuntu packages of our dependencies (for our 
> documentation writers and the bug squad, which we cannot require to build 
> external dependencies manually; we even provide a custom ubuntu flavor called 
> lilydev with all the dependencies in place). So, we cannot switch to guile 2.0 
> until there are ubuntu packages available.
> Do you have any estimate when guile 2.0 packages will finally be available for 
> ubuntu, so that we can start the switch?

We don't have any guile experts in Ubuntu that I'm aware of, so we're
ourselves dependent on Debian for this.  Rob Browning appears to be
working on it:

According to that bug log, he's blocked on a problem with libgc.
Perhaps somebody knowledgeable could help him out?


Colin Watson                                       [cjwatson at]

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