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Re: macos notarization status


Hi Adam,

I still don’t get it:
> Our current
> strategy of symlinking into the kicad.app bundle does not work with
> macOS signing.

Xcode has e.g. Instruments application in
If I symlink it (for example) to
It runs without any complaints when started via the symlink.

What do you notarize?
The overall dmg with the symlink?
Have you already tried to only notarize kicad.app (no dmg, no symlinks) and put it into the dmg with symlinks afterwards?
Another quick fix could be some script that can be run to create the symlinks on user machine?

A simple copy of the apps won’t work.
You need to change everything wrt shared libraries in KiCad code and cmake script.

In the end, you will duplicate all libraries and support stuff.
Probably not a big deal for eeschema and the other small apps, but I guess for pcbnew.
Means duplicating all the python, nags-ice, etc. stuff.
And also, all stuff like templates, scripts, etc.
Users shouldn’t fiddle around in the .app, but could get really messy if they now put (template, python, spice?) stuff in kicad.app or pcbnew.app and then something doesn’t work in one or the other...


> On 3. Feb 2020, at 02:00, Adam Wolf <adamwolf@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Hi folks!
> Apple is changing how the lack of notarization looks like to users on
> Catalina starting tomorrow.  It is not clear what will happen when
> folks download new versions of KiCad after tonight.
> For the past two months I've been working hard--I've got a tech demo
> locally here that has signatures and notarization on macOS, but it's
> not ready for primetime.  For instance, I have removed the other .apps
> and just have kicad.app.  There's changes I made to kicad that
> probably belong in kicad-mac-builder--and, well, let's just say it's a
> tech demo :)
> The main things that remain are:
> 1) Figure out a good solution for the symlinked .apps.  Our current
> strategy of symlinking into the kicad.app bundle does not work with
> macOS signing.  I think the current contender is to copy instead of
> symlink.  I am not sure how much extra space that will take up but
> it's a good try.  This is definitely something I can do, but since
> it's something that can be done on its own, it's a prime contender for
> someone looking to help out.
> 2) Another issue is that there are strict rules about where in the
> bundle code, data, and executable non-Mach-O files live.  For
> instance, one of the signing blockers is ngspice, because it mingles
> scripts and Mach-O binaries and then we put them in Contents/Plugins.
> For more details, see
> https://developer.apple.com/library/archive/technotes/tn2206/_index.html#//apple_ref/doc/uid/DTS40007919-CH1-TNTAG201.
> The big change for KiCad itself is where the Python scripts are
> stored--I've fixed this in my branch, but now I have to go through and
> audit and fixup our partner packages, like OCE/OCC and ngspice.  If
> you want to help with this, it's going to be a big job but I'm willing
> to put in the time to teach if you're willing to put in the time to
> learn :)
> I was really hoping I could get this done before Apple turned up the
> enforcement on notarization, but that's going to happen.  After
> tomorrow, it'll be clearer what Apple is doing.  There might be some
> quick changes to make that will improve things for our users without
> getting all of this done.
> Adam Wolf
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