[Openmcl-devel] OpenMCL and Tiger status

Gary Byers gb at clozure.com
Wed Apr 27 11:54:01 PDT 2005

At this point, I'd guess that Tiger will probably be on store shelves
before OpenMCL 0.14.4 is released, but probably not much before.

The biggest problem that I'm aware of with Tiger and 0.14.3 is that
the Cocoa bridge has trouble interpreting some strings used to encode
method parameter and instance variable types (either because GCC 4.0
encodes those types a little differently, because new methods/ivars
have type signatures that contain constructs that the bridge hasn't
yet seen, or both.)  I've been working on extending the interface
translator and databases to retain information about ObjC classes
and methods; this isn't finished yet, but the good news is that things
seem to work about as well under a late Tiger prerelease as they do
on Panther.

There are some other things that I'd like to try to get into 0.14.4
to address some long-standing problems.

The bleeding-edge has been bleeding a little more than usual (the
interface translator, databases, and lisp image change fairly
regularly).  This is starting to stabilize, and I hope to be able
to put together a few testing releases before 0.14.4.  If people
are able to test these (on Panther, Tiger, Linux ...), that'd
be very helpful.

(Likewise, if people have any luck in reproducing a few of the
weird low-level bugs/crashes that have been reported, that'd also
be very helpful.)

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