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+Darwin/MacOSX Support - May 20, 2003
+====================================
+
+Important Usage Notes
+=====================
+
+GC_init() MUST be called before calling any other GC functions. This
+is necessary to properly register segments in dynamic libraries. This
+call is required even if you code does not use dynamic libraries as the
+dyld code handles registering all data segments.
+
+The incremental collector is still a bit flaky on darwin. It seems to
+work reliably with workarounds for a few possible bugs in place however
+these workaround may not work correctly in all cases. There may also
+be additional problems that I have not found.
+
+Implementation Information
+==========================
+Darwin/MacOSX support is nearly complete. Thread support is reliable on
+Darwin 6.x (MacOSX 10.2) and there have been reports of success on older
+Darwin versions (MacOSX 10.1). Shared library support had also been
+added and the gc can be run from a shared library. There is currently only
+support for Darwin/PPC although adding x86 support should be trivial.
+
+Thread support is implemented in terms of mach thread_suspend and
+thread_resume calls. These provide a very clean interface to thread
+suspension. This implementation doesn't rely on pthread_kill so the
+code works on Darwin < 6.0 (MacOSX 10.1). All the code to stop the
+world is located in darwin_stop_world.c.
+
+The original incremental collector support unfortunatelly no longer works
+on recent Darwin versions. It also relied on some undocumented kernel
+structures. Mach, however, does have a very clean interface to exception
+handing. The current implementation uses Mach's exception handling.
+
+Much thanks goes to Andrew Stone, Dietmar Planitzer, Andrew Begel,
+Jeff Sturm, and Jesse Rosenstock for all their work on the
+Darwin/OS X port.
+
+-Brian Alliet
+brian@brianweb.net
+
+
+Older Information (Most of this no longer applies to the current code)
+======================================================================
+
+While the GC should work on MacOS X Server, MacOS X and Darwin, I only tested
+it on MacOS X Server.
+I've added a PPC assembly version of GC_push_regs(), thus the setjmp() hack is
+no longer necessary. Incremental collection is supported via mprotect/signal.
+The current solution isn't really optimal because the signal handler must decode
+the faulting PPC machine instruction in order to find the correct heap address.
+Further, it must poke around in the register state which the kernel saved away
+in some obscure register state structure before it calls the signal handler -
+needless to say the layout of this structure is no where documented.
+Threads and dynamic libraries are not yet supported (adding dynamic library
+support via the low-level dyld API shouldn't be that hard).
+
+The original MacOS X port was brought to you by Andrew Stone.
+
+
+June, 1 2000
+
+Dietmar Planitzer
+dave.pl@ping.at
+
+Note from Andrew Begel:
+
+One more fix to enable gc.a to link successfully into a shared library for
+MacOS X. You have to add -fno-common to the CFLAGS in the Makefile. MacOSX
+disallows common symbols in anything that eventually finds its way into a
+shared library. (I don't completely understand why, but -fno-common seems to
+work and doesn't mess up the garbage collector's functionality).
+
+Feb 26, 2003
+
+Jeff Sturm and Jesse Rosenstock provided a patch that adds thread support.
+GC_MACOSX_THREADS should be defined in the build and in clients. Real
+dynamic library support is still missing, i.e. dynamic library data segments
+are still not scanned. Code that stores pointers to the garbage collected
+heap in statically allocated variables should not reside in a dynamic
+library. This still doesn't appear to be 100% reliable.
+
+Mar 10, 2003
+Brian Alliet contributed dynamic library support for MacOSX. It could also
+use more testing.