Universal Binaries

Jordan K. Hubbard jkh at brierdr.com
Fri Feb 23 17:37:52 PST 2007

On Feb 23, 2007, at 5:21 PM, Altoine Barker wrote:

> Jordan, I did not intend for it to be viewed as a optional frill, but
> more an option in the sense that the "no-option choice is for the  
> single
> user" and the "optional" choice is for people with either both
> architectures or developers of products for both architectures. Maybe
> the /opt/local/universal is a stretch [ .... ]

Well, the beauty(?) of Universal binaries is that there doesn't need  
to be any special place for them to go - you just install them where  
you always installed them and everything Just Works™.   If it's not  
transparent to the user, there's really not much point.

Your other concerns seem to largely revolve around disk space and  
having enough room for your wedding videos.  I guess I'm curious to  
know how much extra space you're thinking these universal binaries  
will take?  Don't forget, you're not replicating all the Resource  
directories or the Data and symbol table sections of all these Mach-O  
binaries, simply the text sections.

I also don't expect any of what I'm suggesting to affect the storage  
of your external drive, where your wedding videos are, unless you're  
going out of your way to put /opt/local on that firewire/USB drive as  
well, in which case I still suspect that the relative size increase  
would be dwarfed by even the smallest, shortest wedding video in  
history ("You want him?  ``Yes.''  You want her?  ``Yowza!''.  Good,  
done, we're outta here - these tuxes were rented by the hour, people,  
so let's MOVE!   Reception is at the Taco Bell drive-through after  
everyone gets changed!"  <video ends>)

- Jordan

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