Cross-compiling socat

John-Mark Gurney jmg at
Tue Sep 26 05:37:08 UTC 2017

Darius Mihai wrote this message on Mon, Sep 25, 2017 at 13:58 +0300:
> I am currently implementing the VirtIO devices for bhyve on ARM, more
> specifically the VirtIO-console device.
> However, I am stuck since I need to use 'socat' on the host, but
> cross-compiling always fails (the ports do not seem to have a
> straight-forward make system for cross-compiling as far as I could tell).
> I have tried using `./configure --host=amd64 --build=armv6
> CC=arm-none-eabi-gcc`,
> in the 'work/socat-' directory, but this doesn't seem to work.
> If anyone could provide any insight, it would be greatly appreciated.

You shoudl be able to do a toolchain TARGET_ARCH=armv6 to build a cross
build environment, and then you can run make buildenv to launch a shell
to build socat in this environment...  I've done it this way in the past,
though I forget if it needs a complete buildworld to work, or if toolchain
is enough..

There also appears to be the xdev-build and xdev-install which I think
install them into the current environment which you can use... Though I'm
not sure if the libraries and other things are built as I've only used
it once a long time ago..

Hope this helps.

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