Virtualbox on 8.2 64-bit

Rob lists at
Tue Jun 7 01:31:32 UTC 2011

On 6/6/11 8:13 PM, Mario Lobo wrote:
> On Monday 06 June 2011 17:56:53 Rob wrote:
>> I was attempting to install virtualbox on my 8.2-p2 64-bit system this
>> weekend, and hit a rather curious situation.  The pre-packaged version
>> of virtualbox retrievable by pkg_add is 3.2.12 (which looks in
>> ports/amd64/packages-8.2-release).  Poking around on the ftp server, I
>> see that packages-8.1-release also has a 3.x version, but
>> packages-8-stable has the latest 4.0.8.
>> I went to look in ports, which contains 4.0.8, and build it myself but I
>> got an error saying I need to have the 32-bit libraries installed in
>> order to build virtualbox.
>> So, my question is 2-fold:
>> 1) What is the reason the 64-bit pre-packaged version of virtualbox is
>> still at the 3.x version?  Would there be a problem with installing the
>> packages (virtualbox and kernel module) from packages-8-stable?
>> 2) How do I build virtualbox 4.0.8 on a 64-bit system w/o the 32-bit
>> libs.  Is that possible?  Searching around has produced old e-mail
>> threads indicating this was a problem as of 2 or so years ago with the
>> 3.x release.  If it's not possible to build w/o the 32-bit libs, what do
>> I need to install?
>> Rob
> You need to rebuild your kernel with
> options		COMPAT_FREEBSD32	# Compatible with i386 binaries
> included.

I'm running the stock 8.2 kernel.  Is that option compiled into the 
kernel?  Where do I find the options that are enabled in the stock kernel?

Also, does COMPAT_FREEBSD32 mean I don't need the 32-bit libs for 
compilation, or that the kernel will run binaries compiled for 32-bit 
systems?  If the later, then I'll still need to install the 32-bit 
version of the libraries in order to build, right?


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