[Dev-luatex] platform/architecture

Taco Hoekwater taco at elvenkind.com
Thu Aug 18 15:48:08 CEST 2011

Hi Mojca,

I am not sure I understand this post, not even after lots of rereading.
I know that it is about os.platform/os.type based on the earlier
discussion, but that is about where it ends for me, sorry.

On 08/18/11 01:34, Mojca Miklavec wrote:
> Dear Taco,
> (moved from the context mailing list)

> On Thu, Jan 27, 2011 at 07:25, Taco Hoekwater wrote:
>> On 01/27/11 00:21, Mojca Miklavec wrote:
>>> However ... this discussion was already being held long ago ... there
>>> is no reason why luatex could not be as smart as "bash --version" is
>>> and aware of the architecture it was compiled for (that is not
>>> necessary the platform it is running on; an obvious case being i386
>>> luatex running on 64-bit Mas OS X for example). Somebody would have to
>>> write some simple code to check for that though.
>> http://tracker.luatex.org/view.php?id=562
> I'm reviving this discussion since my next question would be a request
> for Hans to add support for mips to ConTeXt. But that is a highly
> tricky business. I don't know any better how to do it than
> config.guess does (please close your eyes :)
>     mips:Linux:*:* | mips64:Linux:*:*)
> 	eval $set_cc_for_build
> 	sed 's/^	//' << EOF >$dummy.c
> 	#undef CPU
> 	#undef ${UNAME_MACHINE}
> 	#undef ${UNAME_MACHINE}el
> 	#if defined(__MIPSEL__) || defined(__MIPSEL) || defined(_MIPSEL) ||
> defined(MIPSEL)
> 	#else
> 	#if defined(__MIPSEB__) || defined(__MIPSEB) || defined(_MIPSEB) ||
> defined(MIPSEB)
> 	#else
> 	CPU=
> 	#endif
> 	#endif
> It actually runs the compiler and tests for some flags. You could do
> the same, except that this script is well maintained and has
> (hopefully) proper support for many exotic platforms.
> I see that config.guess resides in the mpost & luatex repository
> already. The latest version can probably be fetched from
>     http://git.savannah.gnu.org/gitweb/?p=config.git;a=blob_plain;f=config.guess;hb=HEAD
> but that is not really important in most cases.
> To me it seems that the script does a really decent job (except when
> it doesn't :) Honestly, I'm not sure what exactly it does in case of
> cross-compilers; I would need your help with that.
> There are two other problems that I'm aware of, but I'm almost able to
> fix both and can try to send patches upstream to see if they accept
> them. If they don't, it can still be fixed in luatex source
> repository.
> 1.) Configuration for Apple is slightly wrong in case of
> cross-compilers, but I can either submit a patch to the project or you
> could patch the file in your repository in case that they reject the
> patch (I also need somebody's assistance for writing the patch, but at
> least I know exactly what has to be checked).
> 2.) In case of Debian (including mips) it doesn't check if the system
> is actually 64-bit or not. In my opinion this should be fixed.
> Apart from that, the script returns three (four) parameters, separated
>     1.) cpu type (uname -m; UNAME_MACHINE)
>     2.) manufacturer
>     3.) os (uname -s; UNAME_SYSTEM)
>     4.) version; optional; UNAME_RELEASE (and no dash separating
> system & version)
> The versions are almost arbitrary or absent. For linux it is "-gnu" or
> "-$(libc)" (I wonder why the dash in this case).
> The call luatex --version could return exactly the same string as
> config.guess or as bash --version (with slight modifications where
> needed). But it would have to know at least about the first and third
> variable, possibly about version as well (when present and when it
> makes sense).
> The function os.uname returns a table with
>     sysname, machine, release, version, and nodename
> I would suggest to provide one similar set of values, providing
> information about the build architecture as obtained by config.guess.
> Honestly, I don't mind if luatex uses "darwin" instead of "macosx".
> Actually, I probably prefer darwin. If ConTeXt wants to further modify
> these names, it should be free to do so, but LuaTeX should be as close
> to original as possible.
> The number 11 (config.guess returns x86_64-apple-darwin11) is useful
> to have as the information about backward compatibility, at least in
> case of mac. But I'm not yet sure how to check for that during
> compilation. I can try to figure it out.
> What do you think?
> Mojca
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