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Re: [SAGEdev] [Axiom-developer] Hopefully stupid question

From: Justin C. Walker
Subject: Re: [SAGEdev] [Axiom-developer] Hopefully stupid question
Date: Wed, 6 Sep 2006 08:44:13 -0700

On Sep 6, 2006, at 02:24 , root wrote:


So SAGE is using Xcode and not Fink? Thus it would help future
compatibility if I used Xcode?

There is a terminological speed-bump here: Fink (as is DarwinPorts) is a "community" project whose aim, roughly, is to make a lot of open- source software easily available on Mac OS X, in a way that minimizes the hassle for the user. There have been long, heated, discussions on the pros and cons, but the essential point is that these are "add- ins" that many users may be unaware of, unwilling to install, or actively hostile to, Fink.

Xcode is two things: it's a package of tools for development on Mac OS X; and it's an IDE for working on programming/debugging/editing tasks.

What you really want are the tools: the compiler(s) and link/loader. These are packaged with Xcode, but aren't Xcode.

So: you need to have Xcode (the package) installed, but you don't need to "use Xcode".

I hope that is both clearer, and not too pedantic.



Justin C. Walker, Curmudgeon at Large
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