grub port question

Rob rob2 at
Thu Sep 30 20:53:28 PDT 2004

Willem Jan Withagen wrote:

> Rob wrote:
>> Peter Wemm wrote:
>>> 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.
> This was probably due to the cryptic information I mailed.
> I should have mentioned that you need to compile it on the i386 
> platform, which is also the location where I installed it.
> This all under the assumption that you would also like to install a 
> FreeBSD-i386, like I did.
> Sorry for the misinformation.
> --WjW
Oh OK, I thought that might be the case.  Perhaps a mini-FBSD 32 bit 
system on my AMD-64 box would be a good addition.   Rob

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