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Re: GNU/KNetBSD self-hosting

On Fri, Dec 05, 2003 at 11:25:25PM +0100, Santiago Vila wrote:
> # tar jtvf gnu-knetbsd.tar.bz2 ./lib/ld.so.1
> lrwxrwxrwx root/root         0 2003-12-04 22:23:44 ./lib/ld.so.1 -> l
> Warning: this tarball suffers from the "mysterious symlink bug" and
> it's probably unusable.

It should still work, since for some reason gnu ld.so.1 is merely decorative
in our port :)

No, really, I tested it (although not very extensively). You can test it in a
chroot if you're unsure.

> Robert, I find very strange that I have never suffered from this bug myself.
> Can you reproduce the symlink bug on a not self-hosting system, i.e.
> a chroot inside a NetBSD system, which is what I still have here?

Yes, compile about any package that sets symlinks in a long directory
hierrachy. I recall seeing this bug in, at least: xfree86, netbsd, pam, glibc.
(obviously netbsd is the simplest package in this list).

When autobuilding packages, please try to do it in /tmp to avoid such problem.

I don't recommend, though, to replace a working development system like your
chroot untill you're sure the self-hosting mode works well enough. In
particular, try running sshd (or inetutils-telnetd) from inside your chroot.

Robert Millan

"[..] but the delight and pride of Aule is in the deed of making, and in the
thing made, and neither in possession nor in his own mastery; wherefore he
gives and hoards not, and is free from care, passing ever on to some new work."

 -- J.R.R.T, Ainulindale (Silmarillion)

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