So you CAN build an OS X app from another system...

Richmond richmondmathewson at gmail.com
Sat Jun 12 01:19:30 CDT 2010


On 06/12/2010 05:32 AM, Richard Gaskin wrote:
> ...if that system is Linux.
>
> Earlier here we discussed the difficulty of making Mac builds from 
> other OSes, and at the time we were focused on Windows.
>
> I just ran this simple test on Ubuntu 10.04:
>
> 1. Make a Mac standalone
> 2. Zipped it
> 3. Copied the Zip file via USB drive (FAT16, FWIW) to my Mac
> 4. Unzipped it
> 5. Double-clicked it
>
> RESULT: Ran just fine.
>
> Apparently since both OS X and Linux have the same Unix executable 
> bit, it carries over across platforms.
>
>
> I've been lusting after the Lemur UltraThin from System76:
> <http://www.system76.com/product_info.php?cPath=28&products_id=97>
>
> Knowing that I can build for all three platforms from that system 
> pushes a bit closer to getting one....
>

Font detection ?????  How are you going to be sure that your stack, made 
on Linux, is going
to behave itself on Mac when:

1. There is no real parity with fonts.

2. On Linux RunRev cannot even detect user-installed fonts.

Time and time again; whether moving standalones from Mac-Win, Win-Lin, 
Mac-Lin, and so on for all the possible
combinations; the thing that has gone wonky has been the font display.

I always take a stack over to the target platform and then go through, 
text field by text field
checking the font display; and , often as not, muttering dark thoughts 
and resetting the
font settings.



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