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Re: Thoughts about bringing back old bulk build system

   Date: Fri, 07 Aug 2015 15:00:50 -0400
   From: Greg Troxel <>

   Agreed.  While natively working would be nice, running the pbulk master
   on a big-memory box and using the native ones to acutally do builds
   sounds good.  Then one could distcc to cross-compile, and eventually
   make more of pkgsrc crossbuildable.

The main barrier to bulk cross-builds is simply that pbulk doesn't
understand the distinction between cross- and native-builds, nor

I would be happy to help a volunteer out with teaching pbulk about
these things -- I just don't have time for it myself.  If you're
interested, see my AsiaBSDcon 2015 talk on the subject for some
background: [slides]

The secondary barrier is the highly-depended packages such as Perl and
Python that don't cross-build currently.  Short of fixing them to
cross-build properly, one could invent a mechanism (or just do it
manually) to build them natively, perhaps using distcc, and copy the
binary packages to the cross-building host.

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