[Vm-dev] Re: [squeak-dev] Maintainer of FFI-Package
David T. Lewis
lewis at mail.msen.com
Sun Sep 28 19:44:59 UTC 2014
On Sun, Sep 28, 2014 at 09:04:59AM -0400, David T. Lewis wrote:
> On Sun, Sep 28, 2014 at 11:19:30AM +0200, Nicolai Hess wrote:
> > Who is the maintainer of the FFI-Package for
> > Squeak and/or Pharo ?
> > I especially interested in the FFI-Unix examples
> > and the state on working FFI on linux for current squeak release
> > (AFAIK it does not work with "squeak all in one" 4.5)
> The FFI package, including the FFI-Unix examples that you mention, is at
> The primary author was Andreas Raab. Eliot Miranda is the most recent
> contributor, and he is probably the most knowledgeable in this area.
> Currently, the Squeak core developers (those with commit rights to Squeak
> trunk) have commit rights to the FFI project, and can make updates as needed.
> The FFI examples for Unix work with the old FFI plugin, which is still
> present in the interpreter VM. The active development of Squeak FFI is
> taking place in Cog, and I'm not sure if the old FFI examples work with
> the newer plugins (which would be present in the Squeak all-in-one).
> The FFI plugin in the interpreter VM (i.e. trunk VMMaker) needs to be
> updated, and presumably the FFI examples may need some updates as well.
A small but important correction: For the old plugin (currently in the
interpreter VM), FFI works only for a 32-bit VM. It also works for a 64-bit
VM, but only if the patches in http://bugs.squeak.org/view.php?id=7237 have
been applied (in other words, if you compiled it yourself and included
This is mainly of historical interest, although it is possible that some
of the 64-bit patches will prove helpful for the newer FFI plugin. But
the emphasis now should be on Eliot's more recent FFI work.
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