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Re: Reinstate support for OS X versions older than 10.9




Hello,

Just to add to this, GStreamer 1.x currently supports OS X 10.8, so it
would be great if GLib continued to support at least that. Support for
older versions should, I suppose, be welcome as well since Ryan says
he's willing to maintain it. :)

Cheers,
Nirbheek

On Wed, Sep 23, 2015 at 4:17 AM, Ryan Schmidt <gtk@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Hello, I'm the maintainer of glib2 in the MacPorts package management system.
>
> glib 2.46.0 was recently released, and attempting to configure it produces this error:
>
> checking OSX version >= 10.9.0... no
> configure: error: OSX version is too old!
>
> glib 2.45.2 and earlier worked fine on older versions of OS X, but 2.45.3 and later claim to require 10.9.
>
> My understanding is that the implementation of GNotification support for OS X [1] necessitated this increase in minimum OS version. But this huge jump in minimum OS version makes glib unusable on hundreds of older Mac models [2] that cannot be upgraded to OS X 10.9 that were previously able to use glib. I urge you to reconsider this action and reinstate support for older versions of OS X by making the GNotification support optional. Clearly, since GNotification support was just added, no existing apps that used glib and that already worked on OS X can have required this functionality.
>
> I originally expressed this concern in the issue tracker [1] but was advised to bring it up on the mailing list for discussion instead.
>
> In response to my comment in that ticket, doubt was expressed as to the usability of glib on older systems, even prior to this. I can at least tell you that Graphviz, which uses glib, worked fine all the way back to OS X 10.4, which is the earliest system I tested. I'm happy to run your test suite on older systems and report bugs for any problems found.
>
>
> [1] https://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=747146
>
> [2] http://www.everymac.com/systems/by_capability/maximum-macos-supported.html
>
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