Subject: Re: Poor state of AIX support
To: Louis Guillaume <>
From: Adam Hamsik <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 10/31/2007 09:45:49
Hash: SHA1

On Oct,Wednesday 31 2007, at 1:41 AM, Louis Guillaume wrote:

> Alistair Crooks wrote:
>> On Sat, Oct 27, 2007 at 06:15:10PM +0200, Mark Weinem wrote:
>>> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
>>> Date: Wed, 24 Oct 2007 16:30:54 +0200
>>> From: martinko <>
>>> To:
>>> Subject: RE: 10 years of pkgsrc!
>>> Hallo Mark,
>>> I would like to comment on your otherwise very good article  
>>> concerning pkgsrc.
>>> The thing is that even though (working) AIX support is mentioned on
>>> several occasions throughout the article, in reality it is non
>>> existent. (!)
>>> Please forward this to whoever you believe could help to fix it.   
>>> Thanks a lot!
>> I've always been one who thinks that things are best fixed by the  
>> people
>> who care about them, and who have access to the means to fix things.
>> If anyone would like to see better AIX support, please help us out  
>> - tell
>> us what is wrong, tell us how to fix it, and make AIX a better  
>> place for
>> pkgsrc in general.
>> I know that Joerg has been doing some work in this area, but he's  
>> got a lot
>> on his plate right now. So any help that we could get, in the form of
>> knowledgeable people, with access to AIX, and the motivation to  
>> fix it.
>> Any help here would be great.
>> Thanks,
>> Alistair
> I care very much. The place where I work (a college IT department)  
> has largely adopted pkgsrc for their Linux servers. This is mostly  
> my doing. I've also adopted pkgsrc on our AIX system which runs the  
> college's main business services (student records, financials, hr  
> etc.)
> My most recent experience with AIX is mixed. I'm currently working  
> off an unclean bootstrap. Everything built, but the bootstrap  
> itself failed. See pkg/36563 (I think).

I have one old RS6000 with Aix 5.3 installed I have to install  
pkgsrc, ssh there and then I can test pkgsrc there, too. It is not  
production server therefore I can do whatever I want with it. Do you  
have some tips how to install gcc on Aix ?



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