[Mono-dev] OS X Intel support

Jonathan Pryor jonpryor at vt.edu
Thu Jan 5 17:57:26 EST 2006

On Thu, 2006-01-05 at 19:40 +0100, Joachim Ante wrote:
> Hi,
> Are there any plans to support universal binary soon?
> Apple is pushing us quite a bit to port Unity to universal binary.
> This is especially important since the jit code does not get emulated by the
> PPC emulator.

IIRC (summarizing many different IRC sessions...)

Mono has been ported to Intel Mac, in that the JIT will properly execute
under Mac OS X on an Intel box.

As such you could install mono on an x86 mac with little trouble.

Universal "FAT" Binaries, in which both the PPC code and x86 code are in
the same binary, is a different kettle of fish.  The problem is autoconf
-- autoconf records the platform you're compiling for and generates code
for that platform.

So for a FAT binary, you'd need to do a autoconf-driven cross-compile,
build all of mono *twice* (PPC & x86), and then merge the resulting
binaries into a single FAT binary.

All this is possible, but non-trivial, and there is no timeframe that
I've heard of for completing this work.

 - Jon

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