What is Mac OS fat?

Marian Petrides mpetrides at earthlink.net
Sun Sep 25 19:49:21 CDT 2005


Steve

You are correct. A "fat" binary file includes both the PPC and 68K  
versions of an app and, thus, trades flexibility in machines on which  
it can be run for the downside of creating a larger file.  While I'd  
imagine there are very few people still running 68K machines, it is  
also true that the increase in filesize becomes a relatively trivial  
issue on machines with storage capacity measured in tens to hundreds  
of gigabytes.  So, if it were I, I'd just compile as a fat binary.

Marian

On Sep 25, 2005, at 7:29 PM, Stgoldberg at aol.com wrote:

> The Revolution Standalone settings offers 3 ways to save for Mac  
> OS: Mac OS
> fat, Mac OS PPC, and Mac OS 68k.   What is the difference between  
> these three?
>  Is Mac OS fat a combination of Mac OS PPC and 68k? Thanks.
> Steve Goldberg
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