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CAMBRIDGE (Rixstep) — The next release of Rixstep's ACP (AppleCore Project) will contain forty command-line tools updated for macOS Mojave. The update was tedious but mostly without incident, the only casualties being tools now obsoleted by the move away from Carbon and/or HFS.

Most of the tedium was, unsurprisingly, due to the Xcode development environment.

Once again, and for the first time since its introduction in 2003, and dating back even earlier to Project Builder, relative ('tilded') paths are suddenly no longer acceptable, requiring manual editing of project configuration files. No explanation for this change has been seen. This brings the total to over one hundred twenty (120) for this organisation.

Another issue has been the inability of Xcode to find external proprietary frameworks, a difficulty introduced by an earlier version of Xcode which was even worse, forcing developers into a bit of unorthodox 'legerdemain' to get Xcode to cooperate.

Yet another issue involved 'cleaning' the Xcode project files from unused settings previously introduced by Xcode and now proclaimed as 'obsolete' and 'in error'.

A final issue was dealing with compiler flags designed for something other than 'the best of us'. It'd seem that the safest way to write code, according to the Xcode team, would be as follows.

BOOL boolFlag, boolResult;

boolResult = (boolFlag == YES)? YES: NO;

Otherwise things went well.

The complete list of ACP tools for macOS can be found here.


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