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Re: Building Gforth for Apple's new Arm-based Macs

From: Craig Treleaven
Subject: Re: Building Gforth for Apple's new Arm-based Macs
Date: Wed, 20 Jan 2021 20:21:52 -0500

> On Jan 20, 2021, at 11:59 AM, Alexander Shpilkin <> wrote:
> it appears to me that you misunderstand what these settings are doing.
> (Sorry if I’m guessing wrong.)  Both build and host are _triples_, that
> is, of the form CPU-VENDOR-OS (or sometimes CPU-VENDOR-KERNEL-LIBC),
> and anything else you can pass in the place of a triple is a convenient
> abbreviation (expanded by code in `config.sub`, which, unlike the
> Lovecraftian horror that is the generated `configure`, is completely
> readable).  In particular, it is a convenient abbreviation that does
> not depend on the machine you’re using (i.e. `config.sub` does not
> invoke or otherwise touch `config.guess`).
Hi Alex:

I was aware that I was supposed to feed a triple to the -build flag.  
Pragmatically, I noticed configure didn’t complain and that the Gforth built 
and passed tests when supplied only with x86_64.  Since what I’m doing is 
essentially a hack, I didn’t feel too bad about it!

It looks like maybe it is time for a maintenance release of Gforth.  Hopefully, 
in that case, the need for such hacks will go away.



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