[Vm-dev] Unix VM closure enabled?

Andreas Wacknitz A.Wacknitz at gmx.de
Fri Jul 17 21:15:27 UTC 2009

Am 17.07.2009 um 22:55 schrieb Bert Freudenberg:

> On 17.07.2009, at 22:36, Andreas Wacknitz wrote:
>> Am 17.07.2009 um 22:22 schrieb Bert Freudenberg:
>>> On 17.07.2009, at 21:55, Andreas Wacknitz wrote:
>>>> Am 17.07.2009 um 18:46 schrieb Bert Freudenberg:
>>>>> On 17.07.2009, at 18:25, Andreas Wacknitz wrote:
>>>>>> Am 17.07.2009 um 13:23 schrieb Damien Cassou:
>>>>>>> On Wed, Jul 15, 2009 at 12:56 AM, Andreas Raab<andreas.raab at gmx.de 
>>>>>>> > wrote:
>>>>>>>> In any case, what is the process that users have to go  
>>>>>>>> through to get a
>>>>>>>> closure-enabled VM on their preferred Unix flavor?
>>>>>>> Download the 'GNU/Linux and other Unix' VM from:
>>>>>> I don't understand why UNIX is mentioned if only a Linux VM is  
>>>>>> available under this entry.
>>>>>> I really would like to see a real (and actual) UNIX VM  
>>>>>> available for download.
>>>>> There are very few non-Linux Unix users in the Squeak community.  
>>>>> If someone would step forward to maintain a Solaris or *BSD or  
>>>>> whatever unixy VM binary they would be welcome. Until then,  
>>>>> everyone who needs it compiles their
>>>> I intend to create Solaris SPARC packages. Alas I have some  
>>>> problems with prerequisites at the moment. Libffi-3.0.8 has
>>>>  expected passes: 1049
>>>>  unexpected failures: 285
>>>>  unsupported tests: 15
>>>> I want to find out how to reduce the amount of failures (if  
>>>> possible). Then I will try to create real packages (not just tar  
>>>> files like on http://www.squeakvm.org/unix/)
>>>> I don't like the /usr/local locations in the archives that are  
>>>> provided at squeakvm because they violate the SysV specifications.
>>>> Alas I have to patch some places that were already fixed several  
>>>> months ago but nobody commited the changes.
>>>> Of course I am also waiting for the closure changes appearing in  
>>>> the UNIX sources...
>>> /usr/local is just the default location for user-compiled  
>>> software. If you are building system packages you can of course  
>>> change that, use the prefix option for the configure script.
>> /usr/local violates SysV specs. User compiled software should be  
>> installed to /opt for SysV. /usr/local is only valid for BSD and  
>> Linux systems.
>> Andreas
> Ah. Good to have experts :) That should be fixed in configure then  
> (or maybe configure even knows and we override its defaults?)
I am not an expert for autoconf and related things. As far as I know / 
usr/local is the default and you have to override it with --prefix=  
options (usually several are available).
What it makes even more complicated is the fact that SysV asks not to  
use /opt/bin, opt/lib and so on but instead /opt/<package>/bin, /opt/ 
<package>/lib and so on.
For example one could have /opt/squeak/ with sub directories bin, lib  
and what else is needed.
Compiling squeak has some prerequisites like gmp, mpfr and libffi that  
need to find homes, too (if not already available at default places).
As the aforementioned libraries are not delivered I have to build them  
or have to find providers (like OpenCSW or Blastwave). As I think that  
it will be more convenient
for Squeakers I intend to provide them in a separate package. So  
nobody needs to deal with 3rd party packages.
At the moment I am not sure whether to use /opt/squeak as the base  
directory or something different.

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