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Re: NetBSD-HEAD amd64 refuses to build

On Wed, 18 Dec 2013, Thomas Mueller wrote:
A "different compiler" I might use would be a newer version of gcc as opposed to an entirely different compiler (what else for NetBSD, other than llvm/clang?)

If you really want the pain of using an unsupported compiler, go ahead, but don't expect much help. Unless you are a expert with compilers, and an expert with the NetBSD build system, and maybe also an expert with other aspects of NetBSD, I strongly recommend that you NOT try to use any compiler other than (1) the compiler that's already on your host system, which will be used to build the tools, and (2) the compiler that's automatically built as part of's "tools" phase, which will be used to build everything else.

I've complained about crashes, instabilities and comical failures in NetBSD since summer 2011, and wondered if it was worth the trouble.

Yes, you have, but the complaints that I saw did not include enough details. For example, it's not enough to say "there were some green messages on the console", you need to copy those messages (or a summary of them) into the bug report.

A problem with send-pr is where to specify the outgoing SMTP server. It's easier to set up msmtp or other SMTP client. Sendmail is so mysterious, mystic, and postfix is almost as bad.

As long as you have a working mailer (with a frontend that understands some subset of the sendmail command line interface) you should be able to use send-pr. I am not sure, but I think that msmtp provides a suitable interface, so you can make /etc/mailer.conf refer to msmtp. The default postfix configuration shipped with NetBSD is supposed to work without any configuration, but if you need to configure a smart host then the "relayhost" paremeter in /etc/postfix/ is the place to do it.

If you don't have a working mailer, then you can use the web interface to send-pr, as kre mentioned.

--apb (Alan Barrett)

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