glib2 and gcc

Paul C crispy1975 at
Mon Apr 11 17:15:44 PDT 2011

On 11 April 2011 20:15, Ryan Schmidt <ryandesign at> wrote:

> On Apr 11, 2011, at 08:58, Paul C wrote:
> > My first post to this list. I'm mostly using MacPorts to control my G5
> > as a development web server and that side of things works really well.
> > However I've tried installing some additional applications that I used
> > to use under Debian (PPC) but cannot get to compile.
> >
> > The main one I'm interested in is kdenlive for video editing,
> > unfortunately I've hit a brick wall in glib2, I cannot get this to
> > compile with the arch set to ppc64. I posted a bug on the Gnome bug
> > tracker here:
> >
> >
> Is there a particular reason you need the ppc64 architecture? There is no
> version of Mac OS X or MacPorts where ppc64 is used by default, so by using
> it you are likely to run into problems nobody has seen before. The only
> reason to use ppc64 would be if you need to run programs that need to access
> more than 4GB of memory.

The main reason I switched to ppc64 is that on starting the install for
kdenlive it complained about compiling for ppc, and that ppc64 would be
optimised for the hardware. When running the same machine with Debian
everything ran ok, but then in hindsight I'm not 100% that the packages were
optimised for ppc64. Currently I have MySQL 5.x, lighttpd 1.4.x, PHP 5.3.x
and a whole host of extensions running well using ppc64. Only glib2 and gcc
has failed to date, but then there are a lot more dependencies to compile
after those.

I'm fine with switching to the ppc arch but in doing so will any speed
advantages be lost? For the web development stuff it's not that important,
but with rendering video the extra power in theory would greatly decrease
render times. Also I wonder how much hassle it will be to work through any
problems or bugs developers willing of course. If there is no chance then is
there any point in even having a ppc64 arch listed in macports.conf?
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