[MacRuby-devel] a modest request

Laurent Sansonetti lsansonetti at apple.com
Sun Apr 5 11:48:57 PDT 2009

Hi Rich,

Technically there is no reason why the experimental branch wouldn't  
work on PPC. The VM itself should work I think in big endian byte  
order and LLVM is supposed to support PPC (ppc & ppc64) too. However,  
since I do not have the time to verify and test I prefer to claim that  
PPC is not supported, because it could provide "false hopes".

If you're willing to contribute time to verify that it works on PPC  
(by periodically running the tests for instance) then I would be glad  
to mention that PPC is supported. You have the sources, so let me  
know :-)


On Apr 4, 2009, at 11:23 PM, Rich Morin wrote:

> I realize that Laurent and company have their hands full with
> simply trying to make JIT (etc) work on Intel hardware.  So,
> I don't expect anyone to make this work on PPC hardware, as
> well (at least in the short run :-).
> However, it occurs to me that it might be possible to "guard"
> the Intel-specific code such that it doesn't even TRY to run
> unless an Intel processor is being used.  This could allow
> PPC users to play with new MacPerl releases, albeit in a less
> optimized manner.
> Is this is a possibility?
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