[Rubygems-developers] Reviewing the Tattle Data (was RubyGems plaform thread)

Jim Weirich jim at weirichhouse.org
Tue Apr 24 22:13:27 EDT 2007

Eric Hodel wrote:
 > On Apr 23, 2007, at 19:14, Jim Weirich wrote:
 >> I haven't seen the results of tattle yet (perhaps Chad would like
 >> to share the gathered data)
 > Its downloadable from: http://tattle.rubygarden.org/


Going over the tattle data is interesting.  And it raises a number of 

(1) Do we need to differentiate between the various ix86 hardware 
architectures (e.g. i386, i486, i586, i686)?  If not, fine.  If so, then 
when choosing among available platformed varients, a i686 platform 
should be able to choose any of the iX86 variants, but a i486 would only 
be able to choose between i386 and i486 variants.  (Is that correct?)

In any case, X86_64 would have to be distinct from all the others.

(2) What's up with Darwin8.8.1 stuff.  My Mac claims to be 10.4.9, but 
Ruby is Darwin8.8.1.  Is the 8.8.1 the BSD version, not the Mac OS version?

(3) Sheesh, 17% of the respondents are running RubyGems 0.8.11.  Just 
haven't upgraded?  ... or technical issues with later version causing 
problems?  (inquiring minds want to know).

(4) Woah ... the prefix data looks a little revealing.  Perhaps that 
shouldn't be on the download page (i.e. I now know where one prominent 
JRuby developer keeps his JRuby installation).

(5) I'm guessing that 'target' is the platform Ruby is intended to run 
on and 'host' is the platform where it was compiled.  Is that right?

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