The central class of the dotc compiler. The job of a compiler is to create
runs, which process given
phases in a given
DenotTransformers that change the signature of their denotation's info must go after erasure. The reason is that denotations are permanently referred to by TermRefs which contain a signature. If the signature of a symbol would change, all refs to it would become outdated - they could not be dereferenced in the new phase.
After erasure, signature changing denot-transformers are OK because erasure will make sure that only term refs with fixed SymDenotations survive beyond it. This is possible because:
- splitter has run, so every ident or select refers to a unique symbol
- after erasure, asSeenFrom is the identity, so every reference has a plain SymDenotation, as opposed to a UniqueRefDenotation.
Produces the following contexts, from outermost to innermost
bootStrap: A context with next available runId and a scope consisting of the RootPackage root start A context with RootClass as owner and the necessary initializations for type checking. imports For each element of RootImports, an import context