[CentOS-devel] CentOS 5 PowerPC port?

Greg Snyder

gregs at tallmaple.com
Fri May 21 15:06:03 UTC 2010

On Fri, May 21, 2010 at 10:30:18AM +0100, Karanbir Singh wrote:
> On 05/21/2010 07:57 AM, Greg Snyder wrote:
> > Given my previous somewhat painful experience with autoconf-related
> > cross-build issues, my first thought was to build the bulk of the RPMs
> > natively on PowerPC, rather than x86 to PowerPC cross-build.  I have a
> > few PowerPC boxes (currently running Fedora 12), including a quad core
> > 2.5GHz G5, that I'd be happy to share with others interested in getting
> > a CentOS PowerPC port done.
> Tim and Fabian have been doing some work on the ppc build at the moment, 
> I've done some in the past. There is an irc channel #centos-ppc that we 
> use to keep in sync. And *most* of the hardwork required to bootstrap 
> the builds has already been done ( creating the bootstrap roots etc )

That's good news.  How can I see / get started with what you guys have
so far?

> One thing you might want to keep in mind is that the RHEL ppc project 
> *only* targets IBM power4+ kit. Which does not include anything that 
> apple ever made, and it certainly does not include any non 64bit powerpc 
> capable stack.

Thanks for the heads up.

> So welcome to the party, bring your kernel and glibc porting skills 
> along. And be ready to backport upstream patches for various things as 
> they only patch ppc64 relevant code ( which, admittedly isnt that much 
> to start with - but it does include the kernel and a dep tree down from 
> there ).

Thanks, sure, I'm ready for some hard work, and have done this type of
work on other platforms before.

> The situation has gotten a bit more intense with the direction they are 
> taking in RHEL6.
> Tim, Fabian - perhaps an irc syncup is called for ?

I'd love to be involved, or even just hear more detail about where
things are at.

-- Greg

> - KB
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