[OS X TeX] xindy hangs on ARM
koch at uoregon.edu
Sat May 1 17:07:19 CEST 2021
Xindy is one of only two binaries in TeX Live 2021 with only Intel code. Here's the reason.
Xindy requires Lisp to build, although the Lisp is not required to run the program. Long ago, I compiled Lisp for x86_64. Later a new version of Lisp was released, but I couldn't make it work with xindy, so I continued to use the original version.
This summer when compiling for Arm, everything was a breeze except compiling Lisp. Google searches showed that others also had problems compiling Lisp for Arm. So universal-darwin in TeX Live 2021 only has an Intel version of xindy.
Here comes the bad news. I compile binaries for TeX Live and I produce TeXShop, but I don't think it is my duty to figure out how to compile Lisp on Arm. Thus if there is a problem, I'll only fix it if you or someone else can provide a web page explaining exactly and mechanically how to compile Lisp using the standard XCode compilers. An instruction which begins "first download and install CMake ..." won't cut it.
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