This summary is correct. Is there anything else you need from me?


On Dec 2, 2014 7:49 PM, "David T. Lewis" <> wrote:
On Tue, Dec 02, 2014 at 01:44:41PM -0500, Alex Franchuk wrote:
> On 12/02/2014 07:54 AM, David T. Lewis wrote:
> >On Mon, Dec 01, 2014 at 11:58:02AM -0500, Alex Franchuk wrote:
> >>On 12/01/2014 10:34 AM, Eliot Miranda wrote:
> >>>
> >>>On Nov 30, 2014, at 8:21 PM, Alex Franchuk <>
> >>>wrote:
> >>>
> >>>>Hello all,
> >>>>
> >>>>I'm at a stage of stability in my port of Squeak to the Plan9 operating
> >>>>system. I was wondering who I should contact, or where I should go, to
> >>>>either submit my work or get access to the SVN repository of platforms
> >>>>hosted at It didn't quite seem like the sort of thing that
> >>>>should be put on the Mantis bug tracker, but I could be wrong.
> >>>>
> >>>>Any push in the right direction would be much appreciated!
> >>>>
> >>>If your port uses Cog then please send me a tarball of the files plus
> >>>some description of any changes you had to make.  And thanks!!
> >>Currently it does not use Cog, although that is actually my next step in
> >>development if I have enough time! It just uses the normal interpreter
> >>(as generated by VMMaker).
> >>
> >Hi Alex,
> >
> >I see that you have uploaded your Plan9-Compat.4.cs change set to the
> >Mantis issue, thanks for doing that.
> >
> >
> >
> >I think that you are working with a "trunk" VMMaker as your base. I may be
> >able to help by testing your changes first with Linux and an interpreter
> >VM. From there, I should be able to forward the applicable changes to Eliot
> >for Cog.
> >
> >I need to ask couple of questions so that I start from the right place:
> >
> >- Are all of the changes for Plan 9 compatibility in the change set for VMMaker?
> >Or are there additional changes that need to be applied to the trunk/Cross
> >or trunk/unix source code? If there are platforms files, please follow Eliot's
> >suggestion of sending a tarball (or zip, or whatever is convenient). If it
> >is not too large, please send it directly to the vm-dev list.
> >
> >- Which version of the VMMaker package did you start with? If you can give me
> >a specific VMMaker mcz file that you initially loaded, or tell me what
> >Squeak image you initially used, that would help. Or, try evaluating "VMMaker
> >versionString" in your VMMaker image, and let me know what it says.
> >
> >Thanks,
> >Dave
> >
> Hi Dave,
> To answer your questions:
> - I believe almost all of the changes in the change set are for VMMaker,
> although there is a change to the abstract SequenceableCollection object
> to add a doWithIndex:separatedBy: message.
> - The version of VMMaker that I started with was VMMaker-dtl.350, which
> I loaded from into a Squeak-4.5 image.
> I'll wrap up the platforms code into a tarball and send it to Eliot (and
> the vm-dev list). Currently the platform code assumes that the
> FilePlugin, SocketPlugin, B2DPlugin, and BitBltPlugin have been
> generated as internal plugins with the interpreter code, I still need to
> make changes for it to intelligently generate the makefile based on the
> configuration (there are no autoconf tools in Plan9 so that will end up
> being some script). So I will probably be making more changes as time
> goes on.
> Thanks,
> Alex

Ah, brilliant! Now I see what you are doing.

To summarize:

There are no changes to platforms/Cross or platforms/unix, and there is a
new platforms/Plan9 directory needed for the development that you are doing
for the Plan9 port of the Squeak VM.

Aside from that, your changes are in VMMaker (in the change set that you
attached to the Mantis issue) and these changes are needed to resolve issues
detected by the compiler on Plan9.