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Re: xfree86 4.3.0-0pre1v1 - request for porting help!

On Mon, May 26, 2003 at 10:00:03AM -0600, Joel Baker wrote:
> On Mon, May 26, 2003 at 10:43:26PM +1000, Daniel Stone wrote:
> > You're getting this mail because *BSD doesn't yet support XFree86 4.3.0.
> > As you may or may not know, I have been preparing 4.3.0 packages for some
> > time now, which are soon to become the official packages (an
> > xfree86_4.3.0-0pre1v1 source package from the XSF is expected soonish).
> Gah. I kept meaning to get around to looking at those for you. Bad me.

No worries. :)

> > Unfortunately, 4.3.0 can't go into sid without all the architectures we
> > support - that's where you guys come in.
> > 
> > Porting to XFree86 isn't difficult per se, it just needs a lot of
> > horsepower, and about 4gb of diskspace. The builds for your relevant
> > architectures will fail once: I'll need the debian/MANIFEST.$(ARCH).new
> > file, and I'll then send you an updated source package, which should
> > produce a complete build.
> Hmmm. This wasn't actually my experience, with 4.2.x; some chunk of
> the Imakefile stuff had to be changed to handle the concept of "BSD
> kernel/libc/functions, GNU userland", and there was a chunk of changes
> needed to support the concept of splitting them (or rather, having a new
> arch ID). If these changes already got rolled into 4.3, though, it should
> be fairly close and clean.

I did merge all the 4.2.x debian/patches stuff for *BSD, into 4.3.

> > If you are interested in porting the XFree86 packages to your
> > architecture (this does not involve code work, most likely), please
> > contact me ASAP, and I will supply you with the source line for
> > preliminary 4.3.0-0pre1v1 packages. I don't want to give it out in
> > public because it isn't released yet, and I fear for my uplink if I do.
> Since I did 4.2 for NetBSD, I'm happy to work on 4.3 stuff as well. I have
> a build machine that can handle it (though it takes about 6 hours for a
> build). I may have a few other questions for you (Branden ran out of time
> to try to figure them out for 4.2) about whether certain things need to get
> built, and whether they have any usefulness. :)

Sure. Thanks a lot. :)

> If this is the same APT source that you posted to debian-x a while back,
> I'll grab it from there and try to build it in the next day or two.

Nope; I've sent it to you privately.

> > Thanks for your time, and I hope to hear from some of you soon.
> Not a problem. Believe me, I want a working X setup. :) Keep in mind that,
> so far, we don't have either port up to the point where you could really
> sanely log in and work on a console, probably, so the video stuff hasn't
> gotton significant testing. The server-X stuff for 4.2 has been running on
> my box for at least six months, though, and seems to be fine :)

Ah, OK. Well, I'll be glad to see it completed, too. :)

Daniel Stone                                     <dstone@trinity.unimelb.edu.au>
Developer, Trinity College, University of Melbourne

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