Alpha is seriously broken

Doug Rabson dfr at
Fri Aug 20 07:41:22 PDT 2004

On Fri, 2004-08-20 at 14:58, Ruslan Ermilov wrote:
> 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.

It might be quicker to extract various critical static binaries (init,
make, cc, ld etc.) from an unbroken bindist. Oh and hope that beast
doesn't crash before you replace init :-)

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