[BiO BB] X-compilation of C/C++ programs for Macintosh

Christopher Dwan cdwan at ccgb.umn.edu
Tue Oct 25 14:34:22 EDT 2005


Your information on Apple machines is a bit dated.

All variants of OS X (the operating system shipped with all Apple  
computers for the last few years) support the apple developer tools  
(http://developer.apple.com/tools/xcode/index.html), which provide an  
integrated development environment, plus support for standard Unix  
compilation (gcc, make, and the like).   It's available for free  
download at the URL above.

You can also directly install the GNU compiler tools using FINK  

Apples support C and C++ just fine.

-Chris Dwan

On Oct 25, 2005, at 2:26 PM, Dr. Christoph Gille wrote:

> Unfortunately, macintosh computers often do not have a C/C++ compiler.
> The Java program for protein sequence and structure analysis that I
> have developed uses many modules written in C or C++.
> Usually, program parts programmed in C/C++ are downloaded as source
> and the Java program invokes the compiler to produce an executable
> suitable for the OS.
> To cope with computer systems that do not yet support C++ I just
> developed a simple mechanism to obtain compiled versions that I can
> integrate in the program package:
> On those Macintosh computers where a compiler exists the program
> operates normally.
> After compilation the user can upload the executable to my server.
> Then I can add the binary installation to the package.
> After this the program part can be installed as a binary for all users
> and does not need compilation any more.
> Does this make sense ?
> It is not tested yet.
> Do you have a Mac OSX with a C-compiler and would like to test it?
> Christoph
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