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Re: Report: compil error on OSX for target=i386

From: Robert Millan
Subject: Re: Report: compil error on OSX for target=i386
Date: Sat, 5 Sep 2009 22:31:58 +0200
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On Sat, Sep 05, 2009 at 03:17:58PM +0200, Michal Suchanek wrote:
> Still the time and space required to build GCC is much larger than
> that required for building grub. The OS X platform is somewhat exotic
> because it uses different object format and non-gnu linker so it is
> more likely there will be issues with building GCC. Since the time I
> tried GCC is no longer self-containded but relies on additional
> libraries that have to be installed separately so the user has to
> compile several interdependent packages from source which certainly
> requires more planning than just building a single package.

Is there no simple mechanism for installing software on MacOS ?  E.g. on
Debian one would just use apt-get.  I heard about the Fink project,
although I haven't used it myself.

> The question here is if grub is supposed to be compatible with GNU
> systems only

We don't have this constraint.  It's fine to support non-GNU systems.  But
as a GNU project, I think it's normal that some of our dependencies are
GNU software.

Other non-GNU systems (e.g. Solaris) don't seem to have so much trouble.

Robert Millan

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