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From "Geir Magnusson Jr." <g...@pobox.com>
Subject Re: [porting] FreeBSD (rambling)
Date Thu, 25 Jan 2007 00:47:57 GMT
Oh, one more thing...

Well done!!! :)


On Jan 24, 2007, at 7:45 PM, Geir Magnusson Jr. wrote:

> 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.
> Excellent.
>> 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?
> geir
>> Regards,
>>  Mark.

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