Saturday, May 26, 2007

Problem in Factor 0.89 binary packages for Mac OS X

A couple of people have reported that the Factor 0.89 binaries do not work on their computer. The issue was that while the bundles a copy of the FreeType library, the linker flags at build-time were incorrect, and Factor was searching for this library in /usr/X11R6/lib/. So if you do not have Apple's installed, Factor 0.89 will crash on startup. The workaround is to install

I applied a fix to darcs and a tester confirmed that Factor worked on their X11-less machine. So this won't be a problem anymore in 0.90. I don't think I'll issue new 0.89 binary packages; this is not a fatal bug, just an annoying glitch.

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