[Openmcl-devel] New OpenMCL 0.14 binaries available
gb at clozure.com
Mon Sep 1 23:50:19 PDT 2003
New 0.14 binaries are available; there's a regular "release" web page at
I'd like to try to phase 0.14 in as the "official" branch; if anyone's
aware of any reasons for not doing so, please let me (and/or this list)
know of them.
Thanks to Randall Beer for his work on a new Cocoa Bridge, which is
included in this release (and used heavily in the Cocoa demo(s)).
There seem to be some issues related to launching application bundles
? (require "COCOA-APPLICATION")
under Panther prereleases. (If it was permissable to discuss Panther
prereleases publicly, we'd probably be talking about how the new
caching performed by Launch Services is a little overzealous, but
of course we can't say anything about that. Yet.)
gb at clozure.com
**** Changes ****
*** New Features: ***
* SAVE-APPLICATION now accepts :PREPEND-KERNEL and :MODE arguments. (SAVE-
APPLICATION needs to be documented ...). The latter argument specifies
the read/write/execute permissions to be given to the saved image (in a
manner usable by the chmod system call.) The former argument allows an
OpenMCL kernel (or practically anything else, I suppose) to be prepended
to the resulting image; a kernel that has an image appended to it
will load that image in the absence of an explicit image-file argument.
(SAVE-APPLICATION ... :PREPEND-KERNEL T ...) prepends the currently
executing kernel to the image; any other non-nil value of the :PREPEND-
KERNEL argument is interpreted as a pathname.
If a file to be "prepended" to a heap image appears to already containe
an embedded heap image, that image is not included in the output.
* Hamilton Link's "opengl-ffi" example (which uses GLUT to display a
graphic design in a window) has been conditionalized for OSX, and has
been updated to run the GLUT event loop in a separate native thread.
* The Cocoa IDE example (and the lisp<->ObjC infrastructure underneath it)
has been redesigned and reimplemented; it exploits a new "Cocoa Bridge"
contributed by Randall Beer, offers improved integration between Cocoa
exceptions and CL's condition system, and is a little better integrated
with OpenMCL's runtime system. There's even a (very) generic application
icon. (If anyone with at least minimal design skills and some free time
feels like creating a better-looking icon, it would be appreciated.)
The demo IDE is still barely usable, but I think that it's a little more
practical to work on improving it than it has been.
* Lisp processes are now STANDARD-OBJECTs; some of the functions used to
access and manipulate processes are now generic. This -should- all be
transparent, but one never knows ...)
* When given a path to a non-file device (e.g., "/dev/null"), the OPEN
function now tries to return a stream that's not a FILE-STREAM.
*** Bug Fixes: ***
* TRANSLATE-LOGICAL-PATHNAME had difficulty handling translations involving
the root directory (#p"/").
* SLOT-EXISTS-P was completely broken.
* There were several bugs related to CLOS's treatment of FORWARD-
REFERENCED-CLASSES; perhaps the most severe of these was the fact that
they couldn't be instantiated (there was a typo in the ENSURE-CLASS-
USING-CLASS method for them.)
* Various flavors of FF-CALL didn't handle foreign functions whose address
was passed as a MACPTR correctly.
* The kernel Makefile for Darwin now tries to infer the version of GCC in
use, since some versions effectively invert the meaning of the
* There were some errors in some system call definitions for Darwin (off_t
* SAVE-APPLICATION wasn't accepting logical pathnames for its output file.
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