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Darwin / Mac OS X: Status, Help needed

From: Christoph Pfisterer
Subject: Darwin / Mac OS X: Status, Help needed
Date: Fri, 26 Jan 2001 12:43:39 +0100

Hi everyone!

I'm working on porting GNOME and other GNU software to Mac OS X / Darwin. (Darwin is the name of the BSD core of Mac OS X, it's available separately as Open Source.) To build shared libraries, I use a patched version of libtool 1.3.5. My patch is based on the patch posted to this list by Wilfredo Sanchez in November ( My patch is attached to this message; I hope it's in good shape.

I have fixed some problems the original patch had, and it's now working fine for installing libraries and dynamically-loaded modules. However, developing libraries could be problematic - Darwin shows some strange behaviour when it comes to hardcoding library paths. I have worked out what Darwin does, but I don't know much about how libtool handles these issues and how other platforms behave, so I need help from a libtool guru to sort this out.

I know that the 1.3 line is considered dead, but the software out there uses it. I haven't had the time to look at the 1.4 branch, so I don't know how different it is and how helpful this patch is. Mea culpa. I am willing to work with someone with more 1.4 experience to integrate Darwin support into the other branches.

Awaiting comments,

Attachment: libtool-1.3.5-darwin.patch
Description: Mac BinHex archive

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