[squeak-dev] How to build squeak VM on amd64?
David T. Lewis
lewis at mail.msen.com
Tue Apr 29 00:02:51 UTC 2008
On Mon, Apr 28, 2008 at 01:27:12PM +0200, Bert Freudenberg wrote:
> IMHO the hint on top of
> is far too subtle. It needs to be made very clear that people who just
> want a 64 bit Squeak VM for their 64 bit system need to compile the
> *regular* Squeak VM sources. In contrast, the "squeak64" page is for
> people who want to experiment with "64 bit images" which are
> *incompatible* with all the other Squeak images currently in use.
> How about this:
> "NOTE: 64-bit support has been integrated into the regular Squeak VM
> sources. To compile a VM for your 64 bit machine, go to <...>. This
> page is about experimental support of 64 bit images. Please refer to
> the <FAQ> to find out about 64-bit images."
Well, kinda. The 64-bit support is not 100% integrated into the VM,
and there is no "<...>" page (other than Mantis). Also, anybody who
wants to work with 64-bit images should use exactly the same VM sources
as the rest of us. The only actual difference is one line in a header
file, which is set by clicking on the "64 bit VM?" checkbox on the
The initial 64-bit development was done by Dan and Ian back in 2004,
and was generously handed over to the community at that time. Expectations
should be adjusted accordingly.
I certainly do agree with your point, this is all very confusing to a
VM builder who might prefer to just type "./configure; make"
and be done with it.
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