Status of FreeBSD ports on PowerPC

This page mostly focuses on the status of ports on 64-bit PowerPC (known internal to the code as 'powerpc64') as opposed to 32-bit PowerPC.

Port support for FreeBSD/powerpc64 is an active work in progress. Only moderate testing has been done. Consider it an opportunity!

Overview

As of this writing (20191207), ports on powerpc are built using the (ancient) base system GCC 4.2.1. 12-STABLE users will continue with that. However, 13-CURRENT users should expect an llvm/elfv2 flag day sometime in 2019Q4. See llvm-elfv2 cutover.

Most comments in this file apply to ports built using either compiler. Exceptions are called out explicitly.

Buildable ports

Ports buildable on GCC-based systems

See powerpc/ports/PortsOnGcc.

Almost all ports do build via GCC. Pre-built packages are available for 12.0R and 13-CURRENT via the usual methods. Only the quarterly branch is built for 12.0R; for 13-CURRENT, only the head branch is built.

However, as powerpc64 is a tier-2 platform in FreeBSD, ports are not at parity with e.g. amd64; there are still a number of ports ignored, skipped, and failing to build. We have several volunteers working on the problem but more are needed, especially in the area of testing.

Please contact MarkLinimon if you want to help and/or to see the error log from the last time any of the failing ports was attempted.

Ports buildable on llvm-based systems

Results are preliminary. See powerpc/ports/PortsOnClang.

Ports that need patches to build

These comments are common to both GCC-based and llvm-based systems.

devel/libsoup

Many of the GUI ports (Gnome, KDE, and so forth) depend on devel/libsoup. To build this port you need either:

Non-buildable ports

These comments are common to both GCC-based and llvm-based systems.

Build failures in need of most attention

We are actively working to resolve these.

miscellaneous known failures

This list is not comprehensive. Does not include things marked BROKEN or NOT_FOR.

Roughly sorted by # affected, descending. #affected may reflect a partial build.

Updated 20191207.

Portname

# Affected

Affects

Error

Comments

www/qt5-webengine

75

KDE

fails to package

sysutils/u-boot-tools

47

arm board support

No rule to make target 'include/config/auto.conf'

sysutils/lsof

14

various

undefined reference to 'abd_*'

ssl problems

In 12 and later, there are over 100 port regressions based on ssl. These affect all archs and most are out of scope of this discussion. Almost all are already marked BROKEN, on all architectures.

ports already marked BROKEN

There are around 158 ports marked BROKEN specifically on powerpc64. These are ports that we believe could possibly be fixed on FreeBSD (as opposed to NOT_FOR_ARCHS/ONLY_FOR_ARCHS where we believe that upstream would have to make changes).

Runs with TRYBROKEN set are periodically made to check that they still fail; here are the ones from 20190415.

/!\ TRYBROKEN builds do not include things marked NOT_FOR/ONLY_FOR. Those have to be manually edited and forced.

ports not available for powerpc64 (yet) via NOT_FOR/ONLY_FOR/BROKEN

This list is not comprehensive.

Roughly sorted by # affected, descending. #affected may reflect a partial build.

Updated 20190705.

Portname

# Affected

Affects

Error

Comments

lang/go14

320

Go language apps

go tool dist: unknown architecture: powerpc

marked NOT_FOR

emulators/linux_base-c7

186

linux*

Linux CentOS 6.10 is unsupported on powerpc64

marked NOT_FOR

lang/fpc

97

Pascal language apps

(port Makefile not configured for !x86)

marked NOT_FOR

lang/gnustep-base

94

gnustep

(fixed on ELFv2)

emulators/linux_base-c6

77

linux*

Linux CentOS 7.6.1810 is unsupported on powerpc64

marked NOT_FOR

devel/py-greenlet

64

various

(greenlet needs to be ported to this platform)

marked NOT_FOR

lang/mono

58

C# apps

is only for amd64 armv6 armv7 i386 powerpc

marked NOT_FOR

lang/gcc6-aux

45

Ada language

is only for aarch64 amd64 i386

marked NOT_FOR

lang/ldc

24

dtrace

unrecognized command line option

marked BROKEN

lang/sbcl

16

Common Lisp apps

is only for amd64 i386

marked NOT_FOR

lang/luajit

12

enlightenment, various others

lj_arch.h:346:2: error: "No support for PowerPC 64 bit mode"

marked NOT_FOR

devel/protobuf25

8

devel/hadoop2, others

is only for amd64 i386

marked NOT_FOR

devel/libunwind

8

graphics/gimp, others

is only for aarch64 amd64 i386

marked NOT_FOR

www/chromium

4

is only for aarch64 amd64 i386

marked NOT_FOR

Notes

Repositories

See /repositories.


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powerpc/ports (last edited 2020-02-09 04:07:49 by TrevorRoydhouse)