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From "Geir Magnusson Jr." <g...@pobox.com>
Subject Re: [porting] FreeBSD (rambling)
Date Thu, 25 Jan 2007 00:45:59 GMT

On Jan 24, 2007, at 5:07 PM, Mark Hindess wrote:

> I've checked in the changes (and some horrible hacks) that I needed
> to get Classlib to compile on FreeBSD/x86.  The next things on this
> particular todo list are:
> 1) Document what I had to install on top of the default 6.1- 
> used this version because it ran under qemu but I'll probably try the
> new 6.2-RELEASE when I write up my notes.)  I need to check my  
> notes but
> I think everything came from the ports collection and I didn't have to
> build anything manually.
> 2) Document and/or fix the various hacks.  For instance, I tweaked the
> Linux reserved memory functions in hyvmem.c to compile on FreeBSD but
> they certainly wont work.
> 3) Try FreeBSD/x86_64.
> The current status is that it compiles and the current portlib tests
> run.


> There is one slightly odd failure.  The hyerror last error message is
> not null at startup.  I suspect it is the nls catalog that is not  
> found
> because there is no way to find the executable name.  (The portlib
> executable name function only works if either:
> a) we are on linux (and /proc is mounted)
> b) we pass in argv[0]
> but clearly a) isn't true and at the point of the call argv[0] isn't
> available.  I'm not sure how to fix this.  (If we insist that /proc
> is mounted on FreeBSD we might resolve it here but /proc is a little
> different on FreeBSD *and* it is not mounted by default.  Besides this
> isn't really a generic solution.)
> Anyway, I'm wondering if anyone is interested in trying to look at
> porting drlvm?  Currently, drlvm seems to assume anything not windows
> is linux (which is not too different to how classlib used to be).   
> With
> classlib I knew enough to get started but I'm not really sure how  
> it is
> intended to extend this to other platforms with drlvm.
> Sorry for the rambling but I didn't really get enough sleep last  
> night.

I'm interested, but will have to do this in a VM, as I'm out of  
machines to install FreeBSD on.  Can you give me some hints?


> Regards,
>  Mark.

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