Alpha is seriously broken

Ruslan Ermilov ru at
Fri Aug 20 06:58:50 PDT 2004

On Fri, Aug 20, 2004 at 03:24:52PM +0200, Dag-Erling Sm?rgrav wrote:
> Ruslan Ermilov <ru at> writes:
> > I think there's no emergency plan other than to reinstall "base"
> > on these systems from some older snapshot?
> cross-compile on a different machine in the cluster, copy over the new
> make(1), then use it to installworld over NFS.
Only if this machine is also Alpha.  To tell you the truth, some bits
produced by cross-compiles on different architectures are not ready
for use on a native architecture.  This includes binary files such as
fortune(6) .dat files, NLS catalogs, etc.  I haven't identified them
all yet.

Once I get my "modern" Alpha box, I will start working on a project
that will eventually address this, so cross- builds and releases
will produce the same binary files as on native platforms.  NetBSD
achieved a great success in this direction, so it shouldn't be too
hard to fix.

Ruslan Ermilov
ru at
FreeBSD committer
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