Building FreeBSD on Linux

Benjamin M. A'Lee bma+lists at
Sun Dec 2 18:04:04 PST 2007

On Mon, Dec 03, 2007 at 01:15:22AM +0200, Giorgos Keramidas wrote:
> On 2007-11-30 16:06, "Saravanan Shanmugham (sarvi)" <sarvi at> wrote:
> >  
> > Hi,
> > I am trying to build all of FreeBSD from a Linux Machine and seem to
> > be running into problems.  We have farm of build machines that we use
> > to build many other things and my team would look like to use it going
> > forward for our FreeBSD development.
> >  
> > Has anyone tried this before? 
> >  
> > I have tried GNU Make 3.80 as well as pmake. And I can't seem to find
> > bmake for Linux.
> I don't know of any port of BSD make(1) to Linux, or if that would be
> sufficient to cross-build FreeBSD.  I'm trying to build a snapshot of
> FreeBSD make(1) which builds with autoconf, for other stuff, but it
> may take a while before I have a fully autoconf-ified version and that
> may still not be adequate.

Debian has a package 'freebsd5-buildutils', which includes a version of
make that runs on GNU/Linux. I used it for a while when I was too lazy
to port some makefiles to GNU make. I don't know, however, if it'll
build more recent versions of FreeBSD than 5.x.

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