Building FreeBSD on Linux

Saravanan Shanmugham (sarvi) sarvi at
Sun Dec 2 20:13:52 PST 2007

I installed/bootstrapped NetBSD pkgsrc on the linux box. This comes with
bmake(which I think standas for bsdmake). 

But fails else where.


     -----Original Message-----
     From: Giorgos Keramidas [mailto:keramida at] 
     Sent: Sunday, December 02, 2007 3:15 PM
     To: Saravanan Shanmugham (sarvi)
     Cc: freebsd-questions at
     Subject: Re: Building FreeBSD on Linux
     Importance: High
     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.
     You can always try booting a FreeBSD snapshot inside 
     vmware or qemu, and build FreeBSD from FreeBSD, but that 
     may be a bit slow...

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