Chuck Swiger cswiger at
Sat Oct 10 17:35:03 UTC 2009

On Oct 10, 2009, at 9:34 AM, Jerry wrote:
> On Sat, 10 Oct 2009 10:53:35 -0400
> Lowell Gilbert (freebsd-questions-local at replied:
>> Unfortunately, it's under an unacceptable license.
> I was not aware of that. What is the problem?

Somewhere around binutils-2.17, it switched to using GPLv3.

> Perhaps, if it is not all
> ready available, the FreeBSD developers can devise some directive to
> place in the '/etc/make.conf' file that would force the use of the
> 'port' version instead if it was available in a fashion similar to  
> what
> is done with OpenSSL; i.e. "WITH_OPENSSL_PORT=yes". Perhaps,

That's not a bad idea, although you can likely export PREFIX=/usr and  
install the binutils port, and get the desired result.


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