Doesn't anything work around here?

Christian Baer christian.baer at
Sun Nov 4 04:39:06 PST 2007

On Sun, 04 Nov 2007 12:28:23 +0100 Kris Kennaway wrote:

>                                                                  ^^^^^
>> Someone is working on FreeBSD/sparc32?
> FreeBSD does not support 32-bit sparc and it is unlikely it ever will.

That's why I was a little shocked about the Sun4v. Was that a typo?

>> I'm just wondering how two really common apps that have been broken for
>> quite a while now could just slip through the grid.
> Few people use sparc64 on their desktop.  That means that if you want to 
> do that you are running without the benefit of a large testing 
> community, and you will have to shoulder part of that burden yourself.

That would be fine with me. So I wasn't complaining about the ports
themselves being broken or even that noone had noticed Keepassx being
broken (although that doesn't even build on my machine).

When I couldn't get Firefox and Thunderbird to run I googled around a bit
to find a solution. All I found out was that the broken port was known for
more than a year now. It wasn't a problem that nobody actually fixed it (I
know the sparc64 community on FreeBSD is still quite small) but that
nobody had marked the ports as broken. My complaint was actually that just
about everybody had to find out by themselves that these ports are broken.
I was annoying enough for me with a U60 with 450MHz CPUs. I wonder how
long it would have taken someone with a much slower machine to "find out".


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