freebsd-update and archs

Colin Percival cperciva at
Sat Jan 21 12:23:23 UTC 2012

On 01/21/12 04:15, Christer Solskogen wrote:
> On Sat, Jan 21, 2012 at 12:42 PM, Colin Percival <cperciva at> wrote:
>> We don't have suitable build hardware for other architectures, and there are
>> some problems with release cross-building which aren't fixed yet.
> I found out that building ppc with TARGET= worked nicely on 9.0-RELEASE.
> Do you know what problems? Maybe I can help.

IIRC there were some data files (fortunes?  magic?  something like that...)
which had platform-specific formats (presumably pointer size and endianness
issues) and didn't have properly crossing build tools.  It's possible that
these have been fixed by now, though.

Try doing a release cross-build and compare it against a non-crossed release
build; extract the built tarballs and send me a list of which ones aren't
identical.  I know which files "normally" build differently so I can look over
the list and tell you if there's something which shouldn't be there.

Colin Percival
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