Re: XAnim & plugins
On Sat, 17 Feb 2001 email@example.com wrote:
> I have submitted bug #86376 to the Debian bug-tracking system,
> claiming that the xanim plugins no longer work on Alpha. These
> plugins are the closed-source, NDA'd, binary-distribution portion of
> xanim, that allows it to use fairly modern video codecs.
As upstream has noted, it's probably a glibc version issue.
> Most likely they need to be recompiled and to do so I'd need to
> get an up-to-date linux/alpha cross compiler(using the current
> libc used by most linux/alpha) and that would run on a linux/x86
> libc6 system and a volunteer to test the results.
Ack! Tell him not to do this. Cross-compiling from a 32-bit arch
to a 64-bit arch is a no-no, generally. Even if he could get the
modules cross-compiled on i386, they may/may not work very well (if
at all) on Alpha. I could launch into a technical discussion on
this, but I'd rather not :-)
> It's unfortunate that every rev of libc and glibc are not
> compatible with each other. I hope they stabilize at some
In reality, it may not necessarily be a glibc issue...could be
toolchain as well (especially if they're dealing with libstdc++).
I agree, in general, though...more consistency would be nice.
> I would build such a cross-compiler for him but have no experience in
> the matter and no way of testing it. I am more than willing to test
> the results of the recompiled plugins.
Are the modules only available in pre-compiled form? If not, I'd be
happy to compile them for him and so that you can test them.
> Once this is done, we can all enjoy watching Quicktime and AVI movies
> on our Alphas.
That would be VERY nice :-)