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MachTen & CodeBuilder FAQ



Frequently Asked Questions about MachTen & CodeBuilder.

This FAQ about MachTen & CodeBuilder was compiled and written by Jaime Julca jjulca@tenon.com with numerous contributions by others.

Copyright(c)1998 Tenon Intersystems, 1123 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. All rights reserved.

-01 What is MachTen?
MachTen is a Berkeley UNIX operating system with a Carnegie-Mellon ...
-02 What is CodeBuilder?
CodeBuilder is a powerful and unique Macintosh software development tool ...
-03 What is the difference between Power MachTen and CodeBuilder?
MachTen is a full-fledged UNIX system that runs over the MacOS. ...
-04 Why did Tenon develop MachTen?
Tenon's goal was to unlock the processing power of personal computers ...
-05 What are the main reasons for marriage of UNIX and Macintosh?
The Macintosh is the most user-friendly computer. Windows is trying ...
-06 How will Apple's acquistion of NeXT affect Tenon?
Apple's acquistion of NeXT Corporation validates Tenon's choice of ...
-07 What are some of the typical applications for MachTen?
MachTen opens up new markets for Apple to offer Macs and Power Macs ...
-08 Is there anything that MachTen won't do that another machine running BSDUNIX can do?
MachTen is a fully functional BSD system. Tenon has added a ...
-09 Are there any other UNIX packages available for Macs and Power Macs?
Apple developed a commercial UNIX (A/UX) that ran on a subset of Macs. ...
-10 How can MachTen be considered a real UNIX operating system when it is implemented on top of MacOS?
Even though MachTen gives the appearance of being just another ...
-11 What models of Macintosh does MachTen run on?
MachTen is designed to run on all modern Macs, from the Classic to ...
-12 What models of Macintosh does CodeBuilder run on?
CodeBuilder is designed to run on all Power Macs, Power Mac clones, ...
-13 What add-on hardware is supported? (MachTen)
Because MachTen sits on top of the Macintosh file system and ...
-14 What are the differences between Professional MachTen and Power MachTen?
Both Professional MachTen and Power MachTen are complete UNIX ...
-15 How do I decide what version of MachTen I need?
For PowerPC-based Macs (Power Macs), Power MachTen is your ONLY choice....
-16 Is it possible to upgrade from Professional MachTen to Power MachTen?
If you have continuous coverage under a MachTen Maintenance plan, you ...
-17 What are MachTen's memory and disk requirements?
MachTen is one of the most compact UNIX operating systems available. ...
-18 Does MachTen support virtual memory?
On 68030 and 68040 machines, Professional MachTen takes over the ...
-19 Is there any way I can have MachTen start up every time my Mac boots?
An alias to MachTen can be installed in the Startup Items folder in ...
-20 Does the "xxx" software package run on top of MachTen?
Most UNIX software packages can be ported to MachTen in a ...
-21 What commercial applications run on MachTen?
While hundreds of public domain applictions have been ported to MachTen,...
-22 As UNIX is so file I/O intensive, what kind of performance can MachTenhave if Apple's file system is so slow?
Having lots of memory and making sure that you have a fast hard disk and ...
-23 Can more than one user access the MachTen host system?
Yes. MachTen turns your Macintosh into a multitasking, ...
-24 Can users without a UNIX account use the Mac solely as a Mac?
When MachTen is running, users have full access to Macintosh Finder ...
-25 What is the visual appearance of MachTen/CodeBuilder?
A Macintosh running MachTen or CodeBuilder appears simultaneously as ...
-26 Can you start Mac applications both under Finder and under the UNIX shell?
Yes. Under the UNIX shell you simply type (with * if necessary) the ...
-27 What Mac applications run on MachTen?
Virtually all Macintosh applications work with MachTen. Occasionally an ...
-28 Can I get a demo of MachTen?
Yes, demos are available. Contact sales@tenon.com for a copy....
-29 Does Tenon offer educational discounts?
Yes. Contact sales@tenon.com for more information....
-30 Is MachTen/CodeBuilder compatible with MacOS 8?
Power MachTen and CodeBuilder are compatible. MachTen 2.3 is not compatible,...
-31 Does MachTen interoperate with other versions of UNIX?
Yes, MachTen can network with all standard TCP/IP implementations. ...
-32 What are some of MachTen's communications features that allow the Macintosh to interoperate with other UNIX workstations?
UNIX has a very rich set of communications protocols and file ...
-33 What networking support does MachTen provide?
MachTen includes a full TCP suite of protocols, including telnet, smtp ...
-34 How do I configure MachTen for PPP?
We suggest reading:...
-35 Why use MachTen's TCP stack instead of MacTCP?
MachTen's TCP stack is from the Berkeley Reno sources and includes all ...
-36 What are some of the features of Tenon's TCP stack that MacTCP lacks?
* Tenon's TCP stack supports an unlimited number of TCP connections;...
-37 How will I run my MacTCP applications? (MachTen)
If you start a MacTCP application (such as Eudora, Gopher, or Newswatcher)...
-38 Is MachTen compatible with OpenTransport?
Power MachTen will run on machines with OpenTransport, such as the ...
-39 What Internet services does MachTen provide?
MachTen includes a complete TCP protocol stack (Telnet, FTP, SMTP, TCP, IP)...
-40 Do I need to have MachTen on each client machine?
MachTen is a complete UNIX operating system, and, as such, includes ...
-41 How does MachTen's Web server compare to using WebStar?
MachTen includes the NCSA httpd daemon with multihomed extensions. ...
-42 If I create a Web server using MachTen, what tools are available for creating Web pages?
Since MachTen is UNIX, any of the standard HyperText Markup Language (HTML)...
-43 What tools are available for browsing a MachTen Web server?
You can use any browser (Mac, PC or UNIX based) from any machine to view ...
-44 What software development tools are available with MachTen?
Professional MachTen includes C, C++, a source debugger, Mach C threads, ...
-45 What porting issues will I encounter when recompiling programs under MachTen?
In general, since MachTen is a pure BSD UNIX, porting applications ...
-46 What version of MachTen is recommended for software development?
Because Professional MachTen supports virtual memory and protected memory,...
-47 Can you explain the basic elements of X Windows software?
The X Window System is a protocol for performing windowing functions ...
-48 What is unique about Tenon's X?
Because MachTen is a complete UNIX system, MachTen supports local X clients....
-49 Why is Tenon's X so much faster than eXodus or MacX?
Tenon's X architecture is very different than the other X servers that ...
-50 Does Tenon's X support 24-bit color?
Yes. X11R6 with 24-bit color is available with Professional MachTen 2.3 ...
-51 Can MachTen access the MacOS file system?
Tenon maps the UNIX file system to the MacOS file system. So, with ...
-52 What third party devices are compatible with MachTen?
Because MachTen sits on top of MacOS and makes use of the MacOS ...
-53 Patches and updates (MachTen)
G1.a. Do I need a patch?...
-54 Mail (MachTen)
G2.a. Do both versions of your product (Power MachTen and ...
-55 Programming (MachTen)
G3.a. Where are the 48-bit random number generating functions (srand48,...
-56 Software and Hardware Compatibility (MachTen)
G4.a. I ran Norton Utilities on my Mac with MachTen and now MachTen doesn'...
-57 Networking (MachTen)
G5.a. Can I create my own mirror of the Tenon FTP site?...
-58 h. Why do I get a message like "can't run ld on NFS filesystem" when Itry to run executables on NFS disks? How can I fix this?
Because of the way MachTen runs them, you can't execute or link ...
-59 n. What is a netmask and how do I use one?
Note: for this answer address refers to just the last number in an ...
-60 o. How can I make Power MachTen fully Open Transport compliant?
First you must be at version 4.0.3 CU1. Make sure that Open Transport is ...
-61 r. I'm trying to establish a PPP connection, my modem appears to connectfrom the sound but nothing happens. What's wrong?
Probably pppclient is expecting the server to send login: and that isn'...
-62 s. Why does my ppp connection drop the line?
Try using ttyfa or ttya instead of using cm.out This sometimes proves to ...
-63 System Stability and Robustness (MachTen)
G6.a. What tips in general do you have to keep MachTen stable?...
-64 c. Why does MachTen give the error message 'proc: table is full' when Itry to run a program?
You are unable to start another process because you are at the ...
-65 g. My Power Mac has lots of memory and runs quite fast, but that is notreflected in MachTen's performance. I have the UNIX <-> Mac slider on thethird tick mark from the Mac end and MachTen has a big chunk of memory. UNIXon the PPC 601 at 100MHz should blaze. What's up?
The major bottleneck in terms of I/O and performance is caused solely ...
-66 Other System Issues (MachTen)
G7.a. When I telnet to a (non-MachTen) UNIX system, pressing the delete ...
-67 d. Why can't I compile my C code that uses memory mapping system calls?
Memory mapping will not work under Power MachTen since we do not yet have ...
-68 h. Why do active network applications stop when I launch MachTen?
As long as the MachTen TCP/IP stack is used, all running TCP/IP ...
-69 m. How do I convert the old password files from Professional MachTen toPower MachTen?
Because Power MachTen is BSD 4.4 compliant, we have moved to the ...
-70 p. How can I safely mount a device to the /volume directory in PowerMachTen?
On Power MachTen startup, as part of the cleanup, MachTen deletes ...
-71 r. I lost my root password, how can I recover it?
You must have physical access to the computer. During system startup, ...
-72 Ported Applications (MachTen)
G8.a. Where is the ported_apps folder on the Power MachTen ...
-73 c. I am trying to port some apps to MachTen. Which vendor's UNIX isclosest to MachTen?
Since MachTen is a straight BSD port, anything BSD is a good choice. If ...
-74 How can I view an "info" file? (MachTen)
You can view .info files with emacs: type meta-x info and hit return, and ...
-75 X Windows (MachTen)
G10.a. Is it possible to cut and paste from X Windows to the Mac desktop?...
-76 d. Why can't Mosaic find any URL's?
When X appears to start but Mosaic complains that the URL cannot be found,...
-77 g. The Tenon Web pages say XTen is X11R6, but my Power MachTen came withX11R5. Did I get an old MachTen distribution?
MachTen ships with R5, but XTen ships with R6. MachTen with X11R6 ...
-78 l. Is there a way to scale the display in X?
No, but you could bump up the monitor resolution (if your monitor ...









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