hey ports ml,
regarding jason's request for us to present status of the port we work on i'd like to present a summary of what my initial goal was and while i was working on to achieve it has been going on:
back in late summer 2004 i got a few old Power Macintosh machines for free. right from the start i wanted to run linux on them. me being an archer thought about porting it. first thing to do was to install another distro first, in my case it was debian as it is working pretty well on all platforms it supports.
first thing to do is - in my opinion - getting current/base to work as a standalone system. for that one needs to start with the following packages in order:
binutils gcc glibc
zlib libtar ncurses readline bash pacman
when i had these installed to a chroot, i started from scratch - to get rid of references to debian - from within the chroot using makepkg.
if all goes well you now have clean packages to start buildin the rest of current, this can be a pretty timeconsuming and stressing process. fortunately i didn't have to modify that many PKGBUILDs. :)
one advice: if you compile pacman first and use makepkg from the start, it may happen that the md5 check is not working properly. at least that was how it was on ppc32. no idea about others.
Archlinux/PPC Status: ==============
it's been almost a year now - i am after all a one man army - and i have a complete current and a rather small part of extra built and working fine.
current (100%) extra (30%)
the installer is still not working well mainly due to the lack of time.
right now i am in the process of migrating current to GCC 4.0.1. for that i stopped to work on extra for i cannot manage it on my own anyway. testing now has about 50% of current including X, a few window managers and other stuff to drive a desktop system.
alex / kth5