Working and broken Linux ports on amd64

Michael Hopkins michael.hopkins at
Thu Mar 31 12:49:14 PST 2005

On 31/3/05 8:07 pm, "David O'Brien" <obrien at> wrote:

> Please DO NOT cross post to 4 different mailing lists.
> We have unique mailing lists for a purpose.
Surely they are all relevant to this thread.

I have often wondered why people hate 'cross posting' so much - is there a

> On Thu, Mar 31, 2005 at 12:14:47PM +0100, Michael Hopkins wrote:
>> I have been installing a few Linux environments from the ports in the last
>> few days to try and establish a cross-compiler for 32-bit Linux on amd64
>> (see my other post for the story so far).
> What you want to do is install the linux_base-8 port.  It is the standard
> default linux emulation port.  Ensure your ability to run 32-bit Linux
> binaries is OK.  

That was the first port I installed and it ran fine.  Unfortunately, I had
not learnt some of the required tricks to stop rpm complaining about
architecture and dependencies and the list of dependencies became so complex
when I tried to install the gcc tools that I gave up and opted for a
different approach.

> Install some port that requires linux_base-8 (I use
> Acrobat Reader - print/acroread).
That works just fine on the suse 9.2 install I currently have.

>> devel/linux_devtools-7
>> ----------------------
>> Starting Terminal in /usr/ports/devel/linux_devtools-7...
>> bash-2.05b# make
>> ===>  linux_devtools-7.1_3 is marked as broken: Incomplete pkg-plist.
> This is your basic problem -- the devtools port hasn't been updated to
> RH8 yet to match the default stock linux_base.  If you are skilled with
> the Ports Collection update this port and send a patch. :-)

Well I am very new to both FreeBSD and these port makefiles but I'll have a
look.  Maybe this is my first chance to contribute.  Any tips for me (apart
from 'read the handbook').



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