prebuilt tool binaries question

James Housley jim at
Fri May 19 11:38:58 UTC 2000

Joel Sherrill wrote:
> Do you have to load an optional package or is this support enabled
> by default?
> What Linux packaging format can you load?
> Instructions for using the Linux binaries on FreeBSD would be
> better from a maintenance viewpoint.  Plus short term, it is
> all that is going to happen.  Could you provide a few paragraphs
> for the Getting Started manual detailing this?

You have to either enable it in the kernel or load the linux KLD and
then install the linux support package/port.

> >
> > What would it take to fold in the BDM patches into GDB binaries?  I
> > would guess that a BDM-capable m68k/coldfire gdb would be a very
> > common case, one that would be nice to support "out of the box."
> I think BDM is important to support.  If Eric Norum can't
> use the gdb RPM, then who can? :)

The problem with using the linux format an FreeBSD is that FreeBSD can't
run the Linux BDM driver or any Linux Kernel module.  

> We started to add the BDM patch but had to stop and
> back it out because there were problems that were too
> complicated to address this close to a release.
> The problem is that the BDM patches are Linux specific,
> not enabled for m68k-rtems, and do not turn themselves
> off when configuring on a non-Linux host.
> As it is, this causes problems building for non-Linux hosts.
> Moreover, you have to have the bdm device installed to use it.
> Mostly I think it is a matter of tinkering with configure
> scripts in gdb so:

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