Thursday, November 23, 2006

Compiling Factor on the Intel Mac

To compile Factor for Mac you will need:
  • Installation DVDs that came with your Mac (for X11)
  • darwin-ports
  1. Run the installation disk that came with your Mac in order to install X11. Since Apple does not offer X11 as a download for OS X 10.4 for Intel computers, you have to install from the DVD.
  2. Download the darcs binary and place it in /usr/local/bin
  3. Open terminal (Finder->Applications->Utilities->Terminal) and go to your home directory. To get the Factor source code, run:
    darcs get
  4. To compile, move into the directory darcs created with cd repos/Factor and run the command make macosx-x86
  5. Download the boot image at
  6. ./f boot.image.pentium4
  7. make
  8. (Optional) Create a shell script to start Factor in your terminal window. I called mine go.
    $DIR/MacOS/Factor $@

    Save the file and run chmod a+x go
  9. (Optional) You can instead run open and use to view runtime output.
To start the UI, run ./go or open; run ./f to start Factor in the shell. If you run Factor in the terminal, I suggest using rlwrap, which adds a history buffer

Now you can code anything!


Benjamin Pollack said...

A couple of things:

1. The proper way to open a .app is via /usr/bin/open, in which case your go script becomes simply "open". This will also take care to avoid launching multiple Factor GUIs, which you almost certainly want anyway.

2. Recommending that people install darcs via DarwinPorts is needlessly time-consuming and offers no benefit. The statically linked binary is small, runs perfectly fine, and installs in about two minutes.

The second change cuts down your instructions from "several hours and patience" to "about ten minutes" That's a pretty substantial difference.

Unknown said...

Hello,Doug~Thanks for share your expeirence about Factor here.But I got some error when I compiled today.Sorry Im a newbie so I need you help me out this problem.

Here is error informatiom:

make f CONFIG=vm/
make[1]: Entering directory `/c/repos/factor'
gcc -c -Wall -O3 -ffast-math -std=gnu99 -DWINDOWS -o vm/debug.o vm/debug.c
vm/debug.c: In function `factorbug':
vm/debug.c:258: unable to find a register to spill in class `SIREG'
vm/debug.c:258: this is the insn:
(insn:QI 358 357 359 (parallel[
(set (reg:CC 17 flags)
(compare:CC (mem:BLK (reg/f:SI 1 edx [102]) [0 A8])
(mem:BLK (reg/f:SI 0 eax [103]) [0 A8])))
(use (reg:SI 2 ecx [104]))
(use (const_int 1 [0x1]))
(use (reg:SI 19 dirflag))
(clobber (reg/f:SI 1 edx [102]))
(clobber (reg/f:SI 0 eax [103]))
(clobber (reg:SI 2 ecx [104]))
] ) 607 {cmpstrqi_nz_1} (insn_list 352 (insn_list 354 (insn_list 356 (insn_list 357 (nil)))))
(expr_list:REG_DEAD (reg:SI 19 dirflag)
(expr_list:REG_DEAD (reg:SI 2 ecx [104])
(expr_list:REG_DEAD (reg/f:SI 1 edx [102])
(expr_list:REG_DEAD (reg/f:SI 0 eax [103])
(expr_list:REG_UNUSED (reg/f:SI 1 edx [102])
(expr_list:REG_UNUSED (reg/f:SI 0 eax [103])
(expr_list:REG_UNUSED (reg:SI 2 ecx [104])
vm/debug.c:258: confused by earlier errors, bailing out
make[1]: *** [vm/debug.o] Error 1
make[1]: Leaving directory `/c/repos/factor'
make: *** [windows] Error 2

Unknown said...

Thanks Mr.Coleman~this problem was figure it out.Cause of I was using the old version of MinGW that cant compiling at all files with MSYS.Im sorry about disturb your comment here.^_^

God be with you!

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