Confused About Linux Compatibility

Drew Tomlinson drew at
Fri Nov 7 17:59:33 PST 2008

Boris Samorodov wrote:
> Drew Tomlinson <drew at> writes:
>> I am attempting to install a Linux RPM of Legato's Networker Backup
>> Client on FBSD 7.1  I do not know if this is possible but I hope so.
>> :)
>> I have followed instructions in the Handbook and
>>  I am at the point of installing
>> an appropriate linux_base port and linux_base-f8 seemed like the most
>> recent/reasonable.  However when I attempt to install, I get this
>> output:
>> ** Port marked as IGNORE: emulators/linux_base-f8:
>>        compat.linux.osrelease: 2.4.2 is not supported
>> ** Listing the failed packages (-:ignored / *:skipped / !:failed)
>>        - emulators/linux_base-f8
>> Further Google searches suggest that compat.linux.osrelease is a
>> sysctl setting.  I've seen reference to setting it to 2.6.16 but also
>> that this is experimental.  I found
>> but this leaves me confused as
>> well.
>> Bottom line, what linux_base port should I install and do I need to
>> set this sysctl to something?  I'm confused...
> Current default (i.e. well tested and supported) linux base port is
> linux_base-fc4 with compat.linux.osrelease=2.4.2. This should be your
> first try. If you get any further questions a better mailing list (to
> look for additional information as well as asking questions) is
> freebsd-emulation at .

Thanks for your reply and the suggestion of freebsd-emulation at .



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