Subject: [FreeVMS] Re: still need more developers
Date: Sun Aug 25 2002 - 13:19:27 CEST
On Sun, Aug 25, 2002 at 09:45:40AM +0100, Patrick Caulfield wrote:
> Speaking for myself, I find the difficulty of building the FreeVMS kernel a
> major barrier. It's not just that it needs a compiler I don't have (Redhat's
> 2.97 or whatever) but the prescript never seems to work adequately for me
Exactly what goes wrong with prescript?
(Ok, it may happen some symlinks are placed in the wrong place sometimes)
Last time you seemed only to have problems with the compiler and having
chosen VMS MM (and got crashes in the page frame allocator).
Didn't you try gcc 3 later on, and got it booted?
Regarding gcc, I am slowly moving away from anonymous struct/union, because
> either and I always end up investigating that. By the time I've got a kernel
> that boots on my test box I've run out of time to do any development work :(
> The next time I feel the urge to do some work on it there's a new release out
> (which just should how much work is actually happening!) and I have to start
Not that much, actually only a few of the files change from release to
Maybe you should use CVS instead, so you can get smaller changes and will
not have to start again at each release?
> This is not meant as a whinge, there's lots of good work being done on the
> project but maybe putting some effort into lowering the bar to entry might be
> worth someones time. Perhaps providing the kernel source as a patch (or even a
> complete download for those with broadband) might be a start
A plain patch might be the thing if you just want to compile it.
I will look into it at the next release.
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