[Mono-list] Cross compiling Mono for PowerPC

Bojan Rajkovic bojanr at brandeis.edu
Thu May 7 19:37:17 EDT 2009

Chris Plasun wrote:
> Hi,
> I would like to run Mono apps on a PowerPC Linux board (MPC8313).
> Is there a way I can cross compile Mono apps for the PowerPC architecture, or
> do I need to cross compile Mono itself for the PowerPC?
> Thanks,
> Chris Plasun
Hi Chris,

If your target platform is running Linux, most distributions will 
package Mono already, with the right bits compiled for PowerPC, and then 
you only need to copy your application's binaries and run.

If you do need to compile Mono from source, you only need to 
cross-compile the C runtime portions of Mono. Applications written on 
top of Mono are compiled to IL, an intermediate language bytecode that's 
arch-independent and JIT-compiled to native code on the target platform. 
What you can do is cross-compile the C runtime bits, and compile the 
class library (all compiled to IL, doesn't need cross-compiling) and 
your application on your (presumably more powerful) dev box, and deploy 
those to your target platform.

Hope that answers your questions,
Bojan Rajkovic
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