[openssl-dev] MacOS defaults?

Blumenthal, Uri - 0553 - MITLL uri at ll.mit.edu
Mon Mar 7 20:22:17 UTC 2016

>>>And I get i486 (sic!) on proven to be 64-bit Mac.
>> Yes another proof that we cannot rely on “arch” on the newer Mac OS X
>> boxes.
>I meant that I get i486 from 'machine’! I.e. what I tried to say all
>along is that one can't trust 'arch' *nor* 'machine' or 'uname -m' to
>identify 64-bit Darwin. Well, if you want something that works even with
>older versions.

OK, your point is taken. But what does tell 64-bit from 32-bit? And how
badly do we need to know for sure?

We were talking about what the *default* should be, not about how to
determine 64-bit from 32-bit beyond any reasonable doubt (I think).

I’d conjecture that the older versions are becoming less and less relevant
as the time goes. So *now* we can (and should) safely set the default to
x86_64 for Darwin, and those still on 32-bit architecture can run
“./Configure whatever”.
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