Bug#437326: boinc-client: please support PS3 platform

Frank S. Thomas frank at thomas-alfeld.de
Thu Aug 30 15:59:39 UTC 2007

Hi Thibaut,

On Saturday 11 August 2007, Thibaut VARENE wrote:
> It would be nice if the ppc boinc client could somehow let the user
> declare 'powerpc64-ps3-gnu-linux' when they're running linux on a PS3
> (assuming they know what they're doing ;)

Since BOINC 5.10 it is possible to declare an alternate platform name that the 
client will use if there is no application available for the native platform. 
It is currently only used for amd64. The native platform on amd64 
is 'x86_64-pc-linux-gnu' and the alternate platform is 'i686-pc-linux-gnu'.

I assume that code compiled on a normal ppc64 can run on a PS3, but not the 
other way round? If this is true clients compiled 
for 'powerpc64-ps3-gnu-linux' should have the alternate 
platform 'powerpc64-pc-linux-gnu' (or 'ppc64-linux-gnu' because this is the 
official platform name for ppc64). But if I understand you correctly you want 
that 'powerpc64-pc-linux-gnu' has 'powerpc64-ps3-gnu-linux' as alternate 
platform. If all code compiled on a PS3 runs on ppc64 this would possible.

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