[HEADS UP] ar(1) front-end committed. (notes for cross compile)

Ruslan Ermilov ru at freebsd.org
Fri Feb 22 10:52:42 UTC 2008

On Fri, Feb 22, 2008 at 11:48:05AM +0100, Dag-Erling Sm??rgrav wrote:
> Ruslan Ermilov <ru at FreeBSD.org> writes:
> > - Handle upgrades nicely: use GNU ar(1) during the build on older
> >   systems, and use BSD ar(1) on newer systems.  For now, always
> >   bootstrap BSD ar(1) on newer systems during the build (in case
> >   some bugs pop up), but after some period of testing, we can stop
> >   unconditionally bootstrapping it.
> I would *really* like BSD ar to be used to build world regardless of
> host system version, at least on the tinderbox.  Isn't it possible to
> use GNU ar just for the toolchain, then BSD ar for the "real" world?
> Doesn't adding ar to bootstrap-tools take care of that?
> Note that the tinderbox *always* cross-builds, even when building for
> the platform it runs on.
BSD ar(1) depends on libelf and libarchive.  Do you know which
versions of them are safe to produce a working BSD ar(1)?

Ruslan Ermilov
ru at FreeBSD.org
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