Subject: Re: pkgsrc on opensolaris - is gcc rebuild still required?
To: None <>
From: Matt Kolb <>
List: pkgsrc-users
Date: 07/09/2007 13:57:09
On Jul 9, 2007, at 7:57 AM, Jonathan Groll wrote:

> The pkgsrc users guide says (relevant up to and including solaris 9)
> "It is recommended that an external gcc be used only for  
> bootstrapping,
> then either build gcc from lang/gcc or install a binary gcc package,
> then remove gcc used during bootstrapping."
> Is this advice still relevant? I'm running with a recent opensolaris
> build (solaris 11, nevada) which comes with the sun freeware  
> version of
> gcc  - 3.4.3.
> Is there any merit to using the pkgsrc gcc, or is the 'external' gcc
> sufficient?

I wouldn't use gcc at all.  We use the pkgsrc framework to build most  
of our 3rd party binaries for our Solaris 10 machines (and some  
development Open Solaris boxes) and I use Sun Studio 11 (or 12) to do  
the work.  It has been quite reliable, though, to get 64 bit  
binaries, I've had to do a good bit of tweaking.  To get your  
standard 32 bit builds going with Sun Studio, you need to set
PKGSRC_COMPILER=        sunpro

in your mk.conf to try it out.


Matt Kolb  <>
Academic Computing & Network Services
Michigan State University