[Mono-dev] Porting runtime - where to start?

Paolo Molaro lupus at ximian.com
Tue Apr 3 06:00:41 EDT 2007

On 04/03/07 virgile.bello at free.fr wrote:
> > Was anyone able to determine if the old XBOX (x86) emulator or the xbox
> > 360 CLR runtime do any jitting? It would be very surprising if they
> > didn't do it and if they did, the European Commission is very likely
> > interested in how they do it (hint, hint:-).
> I think the XBOX 360 CLR runtime does JITing, but well, Microsoft got a better
> access to console internal than us.

Sure, that's a good reason for the European commission to investigate
why they still adopt anti-competitive practices. If they do jitting,
other people developing for the platform should be allowed to have the
info do it as well. Hopefully the game industry will pressure them as

> The XBOX360 changes are pointless since it seems not possible to make it
> working.

There is definitely interest and it is likely possible to make it work
using the AOT backend and the PE file converter you mentioned, so I
don't think the changes are pointless: they will enable other interested
people to help you with your efforts. If you have other reasons that
prevent you from contributing the code that's understandable.

> About the debugger, it's more a prototype right now, but I will probably work on
> it again if the code to get my monobind wrapper working is included in mono
> source tree (I posted the patch at
> http://lists.ximian.com/pipermail/mono-devel-list/2007-March/022949.html, I
> dunno if it was the right place for that).

I'll review it in a bit, I was on vacation the last few days.

> Nevertheless, if it never happens, I might drop the sources of that prototype as
> a base (I nearly managed to do singlestepping and variable inspection with class
> definition extracted from runtime context).

Did you check the mono*describe* functions in


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