[tex-live] use of x86_64-darwin only in mactex 2010

Justin C. Walker justin at mac.com
Sun Jun 20 20:48:25 CEST 2010

On Jun 20, 2010, at 10:54 , Adam R. Maxwell wrote:

> On Jun 20, 2010, at 10:48 AM, Victor Ivrii wrote:
>> One can complain a bit that MacTeX installs x86_64-darwin  binaries  
>> on
>> SL even if it is not 64-bit machine capable (as my intel
>> pre-Core-Duo-2 MacBookPro)
> One /should/ complain about that.  I'm copying the mactex list to make
> sure that Dick sees this, since I thought he was going to check
> hardware compatibility.

I don't want to make too much of this, but there are a couple of  
issues to consider:

- it may provide a (slight) savings of space to full universal  
binaries (ppc, i386, x86_64) full universal binaries (ppc, i386,  
x86_64).  Maybe  default is to install the universal binaries, with an  
option to select a specific architecture ("lipo" can thin them down).   
Once it's figured out, it's just a push of a button :-}

- some folk may have a bootable drive that they use on multiple  
systems.  Having "64-bit only" being the only option will screw that up.


Justin C. Walker, Curmudgeon at Large
Institute for the Absorption of Federal Funds
I'm beginning to like the cut of his jibberish.

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