|Subject:||Re: Comments on the Mac installation instructions on the wiki|
|Date:||Sun, 8 Apr 2007 11:47:33 -0500|
On Apr 8, 2007, at 11:20 AM, Thomas Treichl wrote:
It is an open secret that the .pkg mechanism has a number of limitations. Apple says as much themselves. Who knows, maybe Leopard will bring something better.
The performance cost of universal binaries is not great, they just chew up more hard drive space. The statement about emulation is incorrect. This only happens if you run a PPC binary on an Intel box. A universal binary contains both PPC and Intel binaries, and executes the appropriate binary. The problem is to tweak the configuration scripts to build universal binaries. I prefer to build architecture specific versions, they just work. This issue has come up several times on the MacPorts (DarwinPorts) mailing list. The consensus was not to build universal binaries.
I just looked at the README file for octave 2.9.10 and found that it depends on over 30 other packages. Octave-forge adds even more...
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