x86_64 Status

Alexander E. Patrakov patrakov at ums.usu.ru
Fri Apr 28 09:40:37 PDT 2006

Thomas Pegg wrote:
> Hi guys,
> It's been a while since I've done any work on the x86_64 CD, I'm sorry 
> to say there won't be any more work on it for a while, at least not 
> until I get another x86_64 system, the one I had is now serving another 
> purpose at my mom's church.
> On a side note we really need to settle on what were doing to simplify 
> the Makefiles to handle all arches, wether it be using config.site, etc.

I have an abandoned attempt to rewrite Makefiles in such a way that zero 
poisoning of the environment occurs (so that, e.g., we don't have to prepend 
"unset root" to every command in sysvinit installation). A proof-of-concept that 
builds Chapter 5 is available at: http://ums.usu.ru/~patrakov/lfs-livecd.tar.bz2

However, I abandoned this work exactly because this is a major rewrite and 
because I could not afford breaking non-i386 architectures. I will resume this 
if I am allowed to make this i386-only.

OTOH, is it really any point in keeping non-i386 architectures in trunk?

1) the resulting CD is very different
2) a lot of ifdefs
3) x86_64 was just declared to be unmaintained
4) sparc64 CD simply doesn't build because of a forgotten "svn add silo".

(of course this doesn't apply to PPC which builds using the official LFS book 
instructions with only minimal differences, and even has Xorg 7)

Alexander E. Patrakov

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