[GLLUG] Kernel Compile

jo@groupinfo.com jo@groupinfo.com
Mon, 15 Jul 2002 11:25:04 -0400

On 15 Jul 2002 at 8:18, Ben Pfaff wrote:
> I don't remember the details, but I do remember that use of
> cross-compilers has been proposed for Debian a few times.  We
> have 11 architectures and for some of them being able to
> cross-compile would be a huge advantage; e.g., for m68k it could
> speed the build process immensely (I've heard that XFree86 takes
> days to compile).  Each time it's come up, it's been rejected
> because it's not reliable.  So I have no doubt that it works for
> some architectures, but it can't be depended upon for random
> combinations.

  Or possibly some particular applications? Some build
scripts break when they can't, for example, run programs they've
just compiled (either little test ones or utilities). And Debian has 
a lot more code/packages than, say, Qt. GNU autoconf stuff tends to 
be cross-compile aware out of the box but if people have hacked in 
their own tests those can fail, too.