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Re: [Gcl-devel] mac os x port questions

From: Aurelien Chanudet
Subject: Re: [Gcl-devel] mac os x port questions
Date: Fri, 13 Feb 2004 22:13:50 +0100

Hi Camm !

> Apart from the time needed to commit, how stable is your bfd work
> here?

I'm meticulously carrying out unit testing for my bfd work. For that matter, I wrote a sample test program (much like "bfdtest.c") and as exhaustive a test suite as I could, trying to test every possible relocation pattern for the Mach-O ABI. As far as I can tell, it's fairly stable. ACL2 and Maxima are working fine.

> Does this build save loaded binary objects so that they are found on
> image restart?

Yes it does, but it's far from being optimal : the saved image is dramatically large, comparing to what I get with BFD. In big picture terms, this is because the BFD method directly works on raw (.o) object files as output by the compiler, whereas this alternate method requires transforming these raw object files into larger shared object (.so) files. BFD is also much better as far as speed is concerned.

> Can I backport your macosx files to the stable branch?  Are they
> ready?  These are to my understanding:


> Time permitting, it would be great to have 2.6.2 work without extra
> configure switches for as many of gcl,maxima,acl2, and axiom as
> possible.  What was the last test status for these builds?

Sure. I've never tried axiom, but my last builds for gcl, maxima and acl2 successfully pass the tests.

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