[vlc-devel] 1.0+ for powerpc-apple-darwin8?

Andre-John Mas ajmas at sympatico.ca
Sun Sep 13 16:43:29 CEST 2009


Support for older OSs was dropped with version 1.0 of VLC. There are a  
number of reasons, generally based on functionality available in the  
newer OSs not being available in the older versions of the OSs. While  
support could be added, development focus has been put into supporting  
the newer version of MacOS X, partly because of the limited number of  
VLC MacOS developers and partly because this is what most users will  
be running. Also, there is going to be increasing focus on 64-bit  
support, so this is yet another reason.

I believe I also read on the mailing-list that certain 'ifdefs'  
allowing support for versions of MacOS X before 10.5 were being  
removed. I'd have to check the archives, or let one of the developers  
confirm this.


On 12-Sep-2009, at 23:50, David Fang wrote:

> Hi,
> 	The FAQ says that VLC 0.9.9a is the last release for Mac OS  
> 10.4.11.  Would it be possible to continue releasing updates for  
> 10.4.x (powerpc or universal)?  I'd be willing to help test, and  
> even roll out packages if needed.  (My G4 is too old to upgrade to  
> 10.5 :S )
> I'm following the instructions at:
> http://wiki.videolan.org/OSXCompile
> I've git-cloned the source, but bootstrap tells me:
> Your version of Mac OS X is too old!
> Compiling and running VLC requires 10.5.x or later
> :(
> I'm sure this used to work before 1.0.0.
> What would it take to re-instate the old build/flow for 10.4?
> I found the following entry (git log bootstrap):
> commit e4fa3e2f367910c1ead73c660fafdacfa054985a
> Author: Felix Paul K<C3><BC>hne <fkuehne at videolan.org>
> Date:   Fri Feb 20 20:26:06 2009 +0100
>    contribs: remove non-working compilation support for OS X Tiger
> I'm tempted to start digging, and am willing to put some effort into  
> it in my spare time ... are any devs willing to help me in this  
> task?  :D
> Fang
> David Fang
> http://www.csl.cornell.edu/~fang/
> http://www.achronix.com/
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