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download older versions of sage... where?

asked 2014-07-04 02:32:23 +0200

smbelcas gravatar image

I have a student running Mac OS X 10.5.8. Where can we find a binary to download? The oldest versions at the mirror sites linked from under Downloads are for OS X 10.6.

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I think the key question is whether this is an Intel or PPC chip, though. Otherwise we can't even build a binary on request if we don't know that...

kcrisman gravatar imagekcrisman ( 2014-07-04 16:44:30 +0200 )edit

It's Intel.

smbelcas gravatar imagesmbelcas ( 2014-07-05 01:53:54 +0200 )edit

We do have a volunteer to do that but it will have to wait a bit over a week (see!msg/sage-devel/w_Asu9Phd6c). I'm sorry I don't have access to such an old machine running Intel - most people running on Intel chips upgraded at least to 10.6.

kcrisman gravatar imagekcrisman ( 2014-07-07 14:45:19 +0200 )edit

Hmmm. In a week or so the student may no longer need access to Sage. We'll see. (BTW, the link to the google group doesn't work---it just goes to the top level of I think that's a google thing, not anything to do with your link.)

smbelcas gravatar imagesmbelcas ( 2014-07-07 23:26:28 +0200 )edit

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answered 2014-07-04 10:53:06 +0200

tmonteil gravatar image

You can find the sources of previous versions of Sage at :

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We need binaries, not sources. Are you saying that binaries are not available?

smbelcas gravatar imagesmbelcas ( 2014-07-04 14:00:07 +0200 )edit

That is probably correct, unless your student has a PowerPC chip, in which case the Sage 5.13 binaries for that platform should work.

kcrisman gravatar imagekcrisman ( 2014-07-04 14:20:37 +0200 )edit

Alternately, we can try to find someone who has a 10.5 computer and can compile a binary to upload to the mirrors.

kcrisman gravatar imagekcrisman ( 2014-07-04 14:22:22 +0200 )edit

answered 2014-07-04 14:53:06 +0200

I still have a PPC machine with OSX 10.5.8 sitting in a box, and perhaps it can be used to build the "universal" Sage distribution, i.e. the one that will run on PPC and on Inter. Although I have never done such a "universal", a.k.a. "fat" Sage version. Also, IIRC, OSX 10.6 can be used to build executables for 10.5 (but I don't have 10.6 anywhere anymore).

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So maybe the 10.6 binary would work for them?

kcrisman gravatar imagekcrisman ( 2014-07-05 23:32:33 +0200 )edit

not by default, IMHO.

Dima gravatar imageDima ( 2014-07-06 10:30:10 +0200 )edit

answered 2014-07-04 14:23:26 +0200

kcrisman gravatar image

You won't like this answer, but just for completeness for when others come: it should still be possible (though annoying) to get Xcode for that computer from Apple's website (after lots of hoops, trust me) and compile Sage from scratch.

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Yeah---you know me well :). Student isn't very computer-savvy, I think, so we can't compile on student's machine; and so the problem is really that my computer that (I think still has) a X.5 version of Sage on it is in a different state so I can't copy that binary.

smbelcas gravatar imagesmbelcas ( 2014-07-04 15:19:07 +0200 )edit

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