freebsd-update(8) under sparc64? Why is it not available?

Colin Percival cperciva at
Mon Mar 29 16:21:01 UTC 2010

John Baldwin wrote:
> On Friday 26 March 2010 11:00:28 am Colin Percival wrote:
>> I think the best approach towards having FreeBSD Update support for
>> sparc64 is to get release cross-building working; that way we would
>> be able to use amd64 hardware, which I think we can safely assume
>> will continue to be available in ever-increasing speeds.
> Err, release cross-building does work AFAIK.  ru@ worked on it many years ago.  
> Have you tried it and run into problems?

Cross-building "works" in the sense of finishing with something which looks
like a release; but when I tried it a few years ago (when I was writing the
current generation of freebsd-update) there were some files which built
differently for cross vs. native builds.  IIRC it wasn't a huge number of
files, though.

Colin Percival
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