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General Information
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To compile this you need a couple things
- A working POSIX system with working POSIX gcc, g++, make (GNU),
ar, sh, awk and sed in the path
- GNU Make 3.74 or so, -- normal UNIX make will NOT work
* Note 3.77 is broken.
- A working ANSI C++ compiler, this is not g++ 2.7.*
g++ 2.8 works OK and newer egcs work well also. Nobody has tried it
on other compilers :< You will need a properly working STL as well.
- A C library with the usual POSIX functions and a BSD socket layer.
If your OS conforms to the Single Unix Spec then you are fine:
http://www.opengroup.org/onlinepubs/7908799/index.html
- Refer to the Build-Depends information in debian/control for
additional requirements (some of which are Debian-specific)
** NOTICE **
The C++ global constructors do not link correctly when using non-shared
libraries. This is probably the correct behavior of the linker, but I have
not yet had time to devise a work around for it. The correct thing to
do is add a reference to debSystem in apt-pkg/init.cc,
assert(&debSystem == 0) would be fine for instance.
Guidelines
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I am not interested in making 'ultra portable code'. I will accept patches
to make the code that already exists conform more to SUS or POSIX, but
I don't really care if your not-SUS OS doesn't work. It is simply too
much work to maintain patches for dysfunctional OSs. I highly suggest you
contact your vendor and express intrest in a conforming C library.
That said, there are lots of finicky problems that must be dealt with even
between the supported OS's. Primarily the path I choose to take is to put
a shim header file in build/include that transparently adds the required
functionality. Patches to make autoconf detect these cases and generate the
required shims are OK.
Current shims:
* C99 integer types 'inttypes.h'
* sys/statvfs.h to convert from BSD/old-glibc statfs to SUS statvfs
* rfc2553 hostname resolution (methods/rfc*), shims to normal gethostbyname.
The more adventurous could steal the KAME IPv6 enabled resolvers for those
OS's with IPv6 support but no rfc2553 (why?)
* define _XOPEN_EXTENDED_SOURCE to bring in h_errno on HP-UX
* socklen_t shim in netdb.h if the OS does not have socklen_t
The only completely non-shimmed OS is Linux with glibc2.1, glibc2.0 requires
the first three shims.
Platform Notes
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Debian GNU Linux 2.1 'slink'
Debian GNU Linux 'potato'
Debian GNU Linux 'woody'
* All Archs
- Works flawlessly
- You will want to have debiandoc-sgml and docbook2man installed to get
best results.
- No IPv6 Support in glibc's < 2.1.
Sun Solaris
SunOS cab101 5.7 Generic_106541-04 sun4u sparc
SunOS csu201 5.8 Generic_108528-04 sun4u sparc
- Works fine
- Note, no IPv6 Support, OS lacks RFC 2553 hostname resolution
OpenBSD
OpenBSD gsb086 2.5 CMPUT#0 i386 unknown
OpenBSD csu101 2.7 CMPUT#1 i386 unknown
- OS needs 'ranlib' to generate the symbol table after 'ar'.. (not using
GNU ar with the gnu tool chain :<)
- '2.5' does not have RFC 2553 hostname resolution, but '2.7' does
- Testing on '2.7' suggests the OS has a bug in its handling of
ftruncate on files that have been written via mmap. It fills the page
that crosses the truncation boundary with 0's.
HP-UX
HP-UX nyquist B.10.20 C 9000/780 2016574337 32-user license
- Evil OS, does not conform very well to SUS
1) snprintf exists but is not prototyped, ignore spurious warnings
2) No socklen_t
3) Requires -D_XOPEN_SOURCE_EXTENDED for h_errno
configure should fix the last two (see above)
- Note, no IPv6 Support, OS lacks RFC 2553 hostname resolution