Subject: Re: AIX 5.1 / pkgsrc
To: Laurent DAVERIO <>
From: Johnny C. Lam <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 09/01/2004 19:07:14
On Wed, Sep 01, 2004 at 03:08:02PM +0200, Laurent DAVERIO wrote:
> I'm happy to report that the new bootstrap script ran fine. Thank you 
> for this fine job ! :-) I'm now encountering several other problems, 
> which I'm tackling one after the other :
> - All the packages that I want to install seem to have a dependency with 
> gcc (/usr/ports/lang/gcc, not gcc3), even the "low-level" ones (gettext, 
> gmake, libiconv, ...). So, I'm beginning with gcc-2.95.3. As before, I'm 
> using IBM's gcc 2.95 for the job.
> - gcc-2.95.3 didn't want to compile because it couldn't find 
> /usr/pkg/bin/zcat. So, I created a symlink from /usr/bin/zcat to 
> /usr/pkg/bin/zcat, but it didn't help. This is because the original AIX 
> zcat only handles compressed (.Z), not gzipped files. Fortunately, I 
> managed to find another zcat on the system, /opt/freeware/bin/zcat 
> (maybe coming from IBM's collection of Linux tools ?). A new symlink 
> solved the problem.
> - Then it complained about a missing /usr/pkg/bin/gpatch. Again, I 
> managed to find a remplacement in /opt/freeware/bin/patch, and symlink 
> from it.
> - Then it complained about a missing /usr/pkg/bin/gmake. (But I can't 
> install gmake if I don't have gcc first...). Rather than create a 
> symlink from /usr/bin/make (which I was sure wouldn't work), I installed 
>  gmake 3.80 from the AIX PDS library.
> For the moment, things seem to be running fine. When I'm finished with 
> my installations, I think I'll try to determine if the missing 
> executables (zcat, gpatch, gmake) were supposed to have been created 
> during the bootstrap phase. And I will do a bit of cleaning on the 
> server, too ;-)

pkgsrc should automatically be installing and using its own versions
of these programs when needed.  I'll take a look this weekend and see
why this doesn't seem to be working on AIX.


	-- Johnny Lam <>