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Re: Free Pascal 2.6.2 package for NetBSD?
On 2013-05-25, John Marino <netbsd%marino.st@localhost> wrote:
> On 5/24/2013 22:55, Tim R wrote:
>> Greetings all, new here.
>> I was looking around for a NetBSD package for Free Pascal 2.6.2 but to no
>> I was able to download a NetBSD build from the Free Pascal repository.
>> No issues so far. I was just wondering if anyone is looking into making a
>> NetBSD pkgsrc package of Free Pascal? If not would it be a big "production"
>> for me to do it? I am new to xBSD and haven't really looked into the ins
>> and outs of pkgsrc yet. I have worked with many Linux flavors though so I
>> pretty much know my way around the fundamentals.
> Actually it would be an extremely big production.
> Obstacle 1: The NetBSD support was dormant for the better part of a
> decade. Some work on it has been done recently, but I think it's still
> experimental. So the first question is if it actually runs.
> Obstacle 2: You need a bootstrap compiler built for every architecture
> of every platform (theoretically).
> Obstacle 3: The sheer number of packages needed to properly support it.
> FreeBSD Ports have over 100 ports dedicated to FreePascal, mainly for
> the FPC library units.
> I've got a fair amount of experience both using FreePascal and also I've
> tried to bootstrap it for DragonFly (I can cross-compile it but the
> helloworld coredumps on a syscall so I've got some more work to do.)
> This is an elephant you are contemplating to eat, but you know, lots of
> small bites...
Thanks for the reply John. That's what I kind'a was afraid of. I am not
scared of elephants, more a question how much time I (or anyone I guess)
can allocate to a project like this. Is it frown upon or considered bad
practice to just target 1 or 2 platforms for a package?
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