[GLLUG] Kernel Compile

Ben Pfaff blp@cs.stanford.edu
15 Jul 2002 08:26:55 -0700

jo@groupinfo.com writes:

> 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.

Could be.  I'd have to refer to Debian archives to find out for