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Re: Installing deb packages on top of UNIX

There is now a Solaris utility called "lxrun" which allows linux
binaries to run on Solaris.  (I haven't tried it, though.)



On Mon, Sep 20, 1999 at 12:42:20PM -0400, Noah L. Meyerhans wrote:
> On Mon, 20 Sep 1999, Jaime Silvela wrote:
> >  Hi, I've been using Debian 2.0 for over a year in my home PC and I 
> > think it's great. I like it so much that I would like to install it in
> > the computer I use in college, which is a SPARC running Solaris, now
> > that there is a SPARC Debian.
> > 
> >  However, they won't give me permission to do it, so I would like to at 
> > least install a few .deb packages (gtk+, the compilers...) on top of
> > Solaris. Is that possible, or must I get the source code and compile?
> > Has anybody tried this?
> >  	
> You need to compile the packages from source.  Linux and Solaris are
> entirely different operating systems.  The SPARC Debian is still using the
> Linux kernel.  Solaris uses the SunOS 5 kernel.  Solaris wouldn't have a
> clue about what to do with Linux binaries.
> You should not have any trouble getting the packages to compile from
> source.  However, it probably won't do you any good to build .deb files.
> You'll need to compile and install dpkg, and the admins there probably
> won't give you access to the preferred system directories, so you'll have
> to do some hacking to force dpkg to keep everything contained within
> directories that you've got access to.  
> Even if you are able to get the necessary directory trees in place for
> package installation, the dependencies would really get in the way. For
> example, gcc depends on binutils, which depends on ldso.  ldso is the
> runtime linker.  It would really not be possible to install the Linux
> runtime linker on top of solaris, even if there was some kind of binary
> compatibility standard.
> noah
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