[plt-scheme] Why .dmg for Mac source distributions?

From: Anthony Cowley (acowley at seas.upenn.edu)
Date: Thu Sep 10 11:14:43 EDT 2009

On Thu, Sep 10, 2009 at 10:56 AM, Matthias Felleisen
<matthias at ccs.neu.edu> wrote:
> Exactly.
> On Sep 10, 2009, at 10:51 AM, Jaime Vargas wrote:
>> FWIW, the current .dmg install works well and follows the convention of
>> allowing a drag-and-drop install. Therefore, lowering the barrier of entry
>> for "unexperienced" users. A unix install forces the user to get to know the
>> command line. Given the project educational goals the current choice works
>> well.

This was a question about a source distribution.

>>> On Sep  9, Peter Michaux wrote:
>>>> I have downloaded and installed MzScheme from the Mac source code
>>>> distribution. It really struck me as uncommon that a source is
>>>> distributed in a dmg file. I've been using OS X and installing
>>>> various software for quite a while and haven't encountered a dmg
>>>> being used for this purpose before. A tarball is usual and the same
>>>> tarball is used for *NIX.

I don't think I've come across another project whose OS X source came
in a dmg file, either. It's usually the standard tarball, as Peter
said. The compiled application coming in a dmg is idiomatic, and


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