grub port question

Peter Wemm peter at
Thu Sep 30 11:44:21 PDT 2004

On Thursday 30 September 2004 10:03 am, Rob wrote:
> I was going to try to use grub for booting from my multidisk system,
> as I was told that the bootup process is done in i386, then it is
> transfered to 64 bit mode.  So grub works OK.   But last nite I tried
> to install grub from ports and got the message immediately
> (paraphrasing) "that I could not compile a 32 bit application on a 64
> bit OS."
> So now I'm really confused LOL.

In a nutshell, the toolchain has various flags/switches to control its 
operating mode.  For example, gcc has -m32 and -m64.  The catch is that 
we do not install the 32 bit version of the include files yet.  And you 
have to use tools/lib32/ to build the 32 bit libraries.  The 
rest of the toolchain has various mode switches.  eg: as --32 etc.  gcc 
could be slightly tweaked to use the correct include and library paths, 
but for now it needs horrible -I and -L switches.

However, the port problem is that it doesn't know any of these magic 
options.  I hate to say it, but the easiest thing is probably to just 
fetch the i386 package for now.  If pkg_add won't do it, then it should 
be possible to extract the tarball by hand and do the deed.  Not 
pretty, I know.
Peter Wemm - peter at; peter at; peter at
"All of this is for nothing if we don't go to the stars" - JMS/B5

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