[libdispatch-dev] libdispatch-187.5 (coming soon!)

Mark Heily mark at heily.com
Thu Aug 4 20:47:40 PDT 2011

I just checked out http://opensource.apple.com, and was excited to see 
the sources for 10.7 have been released. Unfortunately, it was just a 
tease as the sources for libdispatch are not available yet. I know that 
there are folks within Apple working on merging the changes from the 
Apple private branch into the public MacOSforge branch, and I'm 
wondering how that is going.

Would it be possible to get the unmodified libdispatch sources from the 
10.7 build so I could try to put together a "portability patchset" that 
would add the Autoconf stuff and everything needed to build on other 
platforms? This would probably be easier and faster than having someone 
at Apple backport the changes from 10.7 into the MacOSforge repo. Think 
of it as "forward porting" the changes from MacOSforge branch instead of 
backporting changes the other direction.

I believe this is the methodology that OpenSSH has used successfully, 
where the core OpenSSH team develops strictly for OpenBSD, and a 
separate team maintains a "portable OpenSSH" branch using a pile of 
patches that are applied to the upstream releases.

As a suggestion, a very kind person from Apple could upload the raw 10.7 
sources into the SVN tags directory at this URL:


Thanks a lot!

  - Mark

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