# development


02/15/2019, 3:26 AM since pants doesn’t cross compile, a lot of this doesn’t directly apply, and i still wish bazel and other tools would start trying to maintain distributions of things like compilers (and compiler flags) instead of letting every user/rule writer figure that out each time (gcc is necessary for graal native-image, for example, and adding that was extraordinarily easy in pants by just adding a subsystem dependency, eliminating a ridiculous amount of work that would have been required to make it remotable). it’s nice that this is a framework to allow something like that, but having a build engineer maintain critical infrastructure like a compiler and linker seems so valuable to me (but bazel also isn’t going to open source their c++ #include scanning for a while either so i’m not holding my breath)