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Re: 32-bit front-end on 64-bit machine

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  • Subject: [mg88480] Re: 32-bit front-end on 64-bit machine
  • From: David Bailey <dave at Remove_Thisdbailey.co.uk>
  • Date: Tue, 6 May 2008 06:42:11 -0400 (EDT)
  • References: <fvmmqo$8dm$1@smc.vnet.net>

omaha8master wrote:
> Just installed version 6.0.2.1 on a early 2008 mac pro running OS X 10.5.2.  
> 
> Though the Mathematica kernel version is reported as 64-bit, the front-end version is reported as 32-bit.   Should I be getting 64 for that not 32?
> 
>>From the system information output:
> 
> SystemInformationData[{"Kernel" -> {"Version" -> 
>      "6.0 for Mac OS X x86 (64-bit) (March 13, 2008)", 
>     "ReleaseID" -> "6.0.2 (1009763, 1009696)",  
> 
>   "FrontEnd" -> {"Version" -> 
>      "6.0 for Mac OS X x86 (32-bit) (March 13, 2008)", 
>     "ReleaseID" -> "6.0.2 (1009763, 1009694)",
> 
> Thanks, please reply in the group.
> 
I think the FE is always 32-bits - there would be no real advantage in 
having a 64-bit version, because if the kernel were to send it more than 
2G bytes of data, think how long it would take, and what could the FE 
sensibly do with it!

David Bailey
http://www.dbaileyconsultancy.co.uk


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