prebuilt tool binaries question

Joel Sherrill joel.sherrill at
Fri May 19 17:02:57 UTC 2000

Dario Alcocer wrote:
> >>>>> "Joel" == Joel Sherrill <joel.sherrill at> writes:
>     Joel> What Linux packaging format can you load?
> Well, it seems that you can use RPMs on FreeBSD, it's just that the
> preferred packaging is 'pkg' format.
>     Joel> Instructions for using the Linux binaries on FreeBSD would
>     Joel> be better from a maintenance viewpoint.  Plus short term, it
>     Joel> is all that is going to happen.  Could you provide a few
>     Joel> paragraphs for the Getting Started manual detailing this?
> Sure.  I should be able to spend some time on it this week-end.


FYI we are using RPM to provide binaries at first because all these
packaging systems are different.  Learning and mastering each will 
take time.  In the meantime, using RPM gives useable binaries.

>     Joel> Starting out with the "Linux binaries on FreeBSD"
>     Joel> insrtuctions will help out some if they really can be used.
>     Joel> After that, I suppose real pkg descriptions need to be
>     Joel> generated.  If you can figure that out, it would be
>     Joel> appreciated.  This is similar to how David Fiddes figured
>     Joel> out the Cygwin situation and OAR is trying to take over the
>     Joel> procedure and generate them regularly.
> Does this mean that if I can figure out how to package the binaries
> that OAR will build these on a FreeBSD/NetBSD machine? :-)

That is our eventual plan.  With Cygwin, David Fiddes built the first
couple of rounds of them and assisted us in getting things 
going.  He still gives LOTS of advice!! :)

I would like to involve Ralf in this because I don't know how this
will impact the configure/make setup of the scripts and scripts-ada
> --
> Dario Alcocer // dalcocer at

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