32-bit compatibility

freebsd-amd64 at davehart.net freebsd-amd64 at davehart.net
Wed May 26 16:37:33 PDT 2004

> On Wed, May 26, 2004 at 11:03:35AM -0400, Luke Beaulieu wrote:
> > 	I'm currently building a web server that will be setup with 
> > FreeBSD/amd64. It must run Apache with mod_ssl and the Frontpage 
> > extensions module from RTR (http://www.rtr.com).
> > 
> > 	Can FreeBSD run a 32-bit module (mod_frontpage) and a 
> > 64-bit web server reliably? This server will be in a production
> > environment so I'd like to be sure. Thanks for any help.

Brooks Davis said:
> That's not possible.  The ABI of the module (a dynamic 
> library) and the web server are not the same so the module 
> can't be loaded (linked).

It should be possible, if you're willing to maintain an i386 binary
environment for apache and its modules?  I do not know if that would be
easier to do on the same amd64 machine, or on a separate i386 freebsd box,
but it seems within the realm of possibility given amd64 freebsd's ability
to run i386 freebsd binaries.

Dave Hart
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