Subject: COMPAT_NETBSD32 [was Re: Upgrading to different port]
To: Manuel Bouyer <>
From: Gary Thorpe <>
List: current-users
Date: 12/14/2007 14:44:38
--- Manuel Bouyer <> 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?

It seems like it would be better to leave most applications as 32-bit
that don't require 64-bit capabilities (OpenOffice seems like a good
candidate for this unless you need large file/memory handling?).

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