On Jun 20, 2007, at 8:14 AM, Douglas Norton wrote:
FWIW, my day job is an image database app that will benefit from 64
bit processing. It also uses Web Kit views. In my app Web Kit could
be running in either 32 or 64 bit modes. I would need to have Web
Kit plug-ins available in both 32 and 64 bit versions.
My question is, what about other plug-ins run by system apps, e.g.
spotlight metadata importers, system preference panes, screen
savers, quicklook plug-ins, input methods, and I am sure there are
Do we need to build 32 and 64 bit binaries of these? We have no
control over the processes that load these. If we (developers) have
not provided the necessary binary to match the loading process, then
we will not get loaded.
What plans do Apple have to address this issue? Will they mandate
that these plug-ins must remain 32 bit?
In Leopard, the only system pieces that are planned to ship as a 64-
bit processes are Xcode and Chess, so this won't be an issue. I don't
think any plans have been made yet regarding future OS releases.
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