Saturday, October 14, 2006

Using the X11 UI on Mac OS X

One of the mailing list participants noted that the Cocoa UI does not run on Mac OS X 10.3. Getting this working is not a high priority, since after all 10.4 has been out for quite some time and I'd rather focus on new features and bug fixes than backwards compatibility.

However I did make it easy to build Factor so that the X11 UI may be used. First you compile with an extra flag passed to make:
make macosx-ppc X11=1
Then you bootstrap with two special switches:
./f boot.image.ppc -no-cocoa -x11
That is all. You do not need to build a as with the Cocoa UI, you can just set $DISPLAY and run ./f.

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