Sam’s Greenstone Blog 21/3/2011

sjm84. Monday, March 21st, 2011.

I don’t really have a lot to report from last week as I was away sick for some of it. We have been investigating problems with Greenstone 3 on the most recent versions of Mac OS. As some of you may know, Greenstone 3 is programmed heavily in Java which is ideal for cross platform development. Unfortunately for us, Apple recently decided to deprecate Java on their operating system and - to cut a long story short - it makes things much more messy for us. There is also an issue on some Macs (presumably ones with later versions of the compiler we use), where they attempt to compile Greenstone as if it is 64-bit. Although we are currently working on a pure 64-bit version of Greenstone it is currently not at the stage where it is ready to be included into the main part of the code. Unfortunately we only have limited access to computers with the latest Mac OS, so finding a solution to this problem may have to wait till we can get more permanent access to a machine like this.

Anyway, see you next week!

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