[Mono-osx] Shipping Mono on Mac

R. Tyler Ballance tyler at bleepconsulting.com
Tue Feb 27 03:27:22 EST 2007

On Feb 26, 2007, at 3:07 PM, Craig Hopson wrote:

> Hi,
> We are investigating porting a .NET application to the Mac OS and
> Linux.  Mono seems like a good possibility.  I have seen comments
> about work-in-progress on Mono applications for Mac, but I have not
> yet seen a shipping cross-platform application.  Can anyone point me
> at one/some?   Or, to put it another way, does anyone know of any
> obvious reason(s) why such a port might be a bad idea?

First things first, are you going to use Windows Forms? Make sure  
what you're doing even _works_ on Mac OS X.

Gtk#? Same thing, a bit more painful (IMHO)

None of the above? Well, you're in luck I suppose. I recently  
deployed a Mono-based Mac OS X daemon (launchd FTW!) and I simply  
used an installer package to install my software tied to a Mono  
installer package bundled together in a meta-package that would  
install the latest (bundled) Mono, and then installer my software; to  
top it all off, it would call launchctl(1) in the postflight script  
and launch my daemon as well :)

If you're doing something along those lines, meta-packages kick ass;  
if you're doing something with Dumbarton, bundling is a bit harder.

More details!

And of course, port away and good luck!


R. Tyler Ballance: Custom Mac and Linux Development at bleep. consulting
contact: tyler at bleepconsulting.com | jabber: tyler at jabber.geekisp.com

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