Volunteer for a workshop on "setting up your own buildbot/buildslave"? (Was: Experiences with El Capitan)

Ryan Schmidt ryandesign at macports.org
Thu Nov 12 09:13:29 PST 2015

On Nov 12, 2015, at 10:58 AM, Michael David Crawford wrote:
> On Thu, Nov 12, 2015 at 5:43 AM, Ryan Schmidt wrote:
>> On Nov 12, 2015, at 6:55 AM, Michael David Crawford wrote:
>>> There have been plenty of times that the only Mac available to me for
>>> development has been my mother's Tiger G4 iMac.  I was at least able
>>> to install a PowerPC backport of Firefox.
>>> What was most upsetting to me when I used it was that I often had to
>>> build my own tools from source, because the powerpc binaries had been
>>> withdrawn.
>> Not sure if you were talking about MacPorts or other projects, but MacPorts has never offered PowerPC binaries. We started offering binaries with OS X 10.6, for x86_64 only.
> Not MacPorts specifically but that has been my experience with
> numerous software packages.

In many cases, the software is no longer compatible with the older versions of OS X required for PowerPC machines, so they couldn't provide a binary if they wanted to because it won't compile anymore. Though there probably are other projects that would still work on PowerPC but binaries aren't provided because few people use PowerPC machines anymore. In any case, it's a matter you would have to take up with the particular project in question.

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