5.1 on a 386

Thomas T. Veldhouse veldy at veldy.net
Thu Jun 12 12:35:22 PDT 2003

I could be wrong, but I thought that they finally gave up on 386 support and
now the base minimum is 486.  It could very well be that you can't compile
the system for a 386 without significant modification.

Tom Veldhouse

----- Original Message -----
From: "John Nielsen" <john at jnielsen.net>
To: <questions at freebsd.org>
Sent: Thursday, June 12, 2003 2:25 PM
Subject: 5.1 on a 386

> Hi folks-
> I am setting up FreeBSD 5.1-RELEASE on a 386DX.  I'm mostly doing it as a
> learning exercise (or perhaps because I'm a masochist), but the machine
> be used as a firewall at some point.  I have the OS installed with a
> kernel, and things are actually going quite well.
> There are (of course) some problems though.  Most of the userland
> work great, but some just dump core.  The one I miss in particular is
> (for manpages, etc).  I suspect that the problems are a result of CPU
> instructions that the poor 386 doesn't understand.
> I do have a separate build machine (soon to be running 5.1 as well), so
> like to recompile everything (kernel, userland, and
> ports-to-be-made-into-packages) for the 386 with the appropriate flags to
> gcc and friends.  Hopefully that will take care of the issues I'm seeing.
> So my question is, what flags should I use and where should I put them?
> like to be able to switch easily between builds for the 386 and "normal"
> builds (for everything else).  Can I just put an override in
> or do I have to futz with /usr/share/mk/bsd.cpu.mk?  (In the case of the
> latter, detailed hints would be appreciated.. I don't grok Make all that
> well yet.)
> Thanks,
> JN
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