[OS X TeX] Question about gwTeX for Intel

Alun J. Carr alun.j.carr at ucd.ie
Sun Feb 12 13:10:02 EST 2006

I notice that the Intel binaries for gwTeX are installed under


Does this mean that they are compiled with optimization for the i386  
architecture? Whilst this makes sense in a Linux distribution (they  
may be running on a machine of that vintage), surely it would be  
better to compile the Mac binaries for one of the Pentium family: at  
a guess, -mtune=pentium-m, given that Apple's gcc doesn't have a flag  
for the Yonah architecture (although this switch leaves out SSE3  
instruction generation)?

I'm not knocking Gerben's efforts: he has done a brilliant job of  
porting TeX to Mac OS X, and we all owe him a big debt of gratitude.

Best regards,



Dr Alun J. Carr
School of Electrical, Electronic, and Mechanical Engineering
University College Dublin
Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland

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