Subject: Re: COMPAT_NETBSD32 [was Re: Upgrading to different port]
To: Gary Thorpe <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Manuel Bouyer <email@example.com>
Date: 12/14/2007 21:18:29
On Fri, Dec 14, 2007 at 02:44:38PM -0500, Gary Thorpe wrote:
> --- Manuel Bouyer <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> > On Tue, Dec 11, 2007 at 03:08:47PM -0500, D'Arcy J.M. Cain wrote:
> > > About a week ago I ws going to upgrade my system from Oct 4 current
> > to
> > > current current. Suddenly the CVS updates exploded so I decided to
> > > hold off until things settled down. Is it a reasonably safe time
> > now
> > > to upgrade? I understand all the caveats with running current so I
> > am
> > > just looking for known instabilities.
> > >
> > > Also, I am running i386 on an AMD64 box because I needed
> > OpenOffice.
> > > It seems that that is now supported on amd64 so I was going to go
> > to
> > > that port as well. Can I just unpack the sets over an existing
> > i386
> > > installation or are there deeper changes needed?
> > I've done this on one or 2 devel system, and it did go relatively
> > well.
> > I'd recommend booting an INSTALL kernel with embeded ramdisk and use
> > sysinst to do the upgrade though; switching the currently running
> > userland
> > may have unexpected issues (I just dropped an INSTALL kernel in / and
> > booted it)
> Isn't amd64 supposed to be able to support running 32-bit i386 binaries
> with COMPAT_NETBSD32 or it just not working in current right now?
I believe it is, but if you remplace e.g. /lib with 64bits libs while the
binaries are still 32bits, I beliebe bad things may happen. It's safer
to use the binaries from the ramdisk for this ...
Manuel Bouyer <email@example.com>
NetBSD: 26 ans d'experience feront toujours la difference