Subject: Re: NetBSD: For better or for worse, in good times and bad
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From: Dan McMahill <>
List: netbsd-users
Date: 10/21/2004 01:16:28
On Wed, Oct 20, 2004 at 11:57:44PM -0500, Richard Rauch wrote:
> Building on i386 tends to be less painful than on non-i386.  I've
> had rough times on my AMD64, ranging from configure scripts panicking
> when they encounter a CPU that they weren't explicitly programmed to
> handle to programs that compile and install but do nothing but dump
> core (probably buried assumptions that {sizeof (int) == sizeof (void *)}).
or that all the world is little endian or if you're not on a m68k processor
you're little endian or byte alignment is enough or #ifdef (__sparc__) is
a valid test to see if you're running solaris or.....  You get the idea.
I've found and fixed more of those type of bugs than I care to think about.
With sparc, you're somewhat hindered too by the compilation speed.  Its
hard to maintain some of the very large packages when it takes 2 weeks
to build it.