Planning for Cross-LFS/Multi-Architecture 7.x Release

Bruce Dubbs bdubbs at
Mon Apr 18 22:00:06 PDT 2005

Jeremy Utley wrote:
> Randy McMurchy wrote:
>> The need to reboot and build from the console is an overwhelmingly
>> big new difference. To the point that I would have to find a different
>> build method than what Jim described.

> And that need only arises if you are building from a different arch from
> your host.  For example - my current PPC machine is a terribly slow 120
> Mhz 604 processor.  Building current LFS 6 on that machine takes nearly
> a week of work to get done.  What if I could build a large portion of
> that on my nice fast X86_64 machine?  That would be a good thing.  For
> you, the situation is different - you build strictly on x86-class
> machines - there would be no need for you to reboot, as was pointed out
> by Ryan.  You could simply chroot into $LFS and continue on your way.
> There's a lot of plusses to this build, and very few downfalls, when you
> really sit down to think about it.  Mentioning the need for the reboot
> was a good thing, but it's important to know WHY that becomes essential
> - because if we're building for a different arch, the binaries we create
> as part of the initial tools will not run on the host.  If those
> binaries will run, there's absolutely no need to reboot.

My objection was to the comment that rebooting was mandatory.  If
instructions are given to give the user a choice and to explain the pros
and cons, I do not object.

I would point out that most people think of a cross compile as changing
architectures.  That really only happens once.  After the port to the
new arctitecture, I think most would prefer to work in chroot
environment.  I know I certainly would.

BTW, I will need to do this eventually.  My new box is an Intel 86_64
arctitecture so I will want to build it as a 64 bit system.

  -- Bruce

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