[arch-dev-public] i686 pkg built in chroot on x86_64 doesn't work

Allan McRae allan at archlinux.org
Tue Mar 9 06:06:24 CET 2010

On 09/03/10 14:32, Paul Mattal wrote:
> On 03/08/2010 07:16 PM, Allan McRae wrote:
>> On 09/03/10 08:38, Daniel J Griffiths (Ghost1227) wrote:
>>> On 03/08/10 at 05:20pm, Paul Mattal wrote:
>>>> On 03/07/2010 02:33 PM, Paul Mattal wrote:
>>>>> On 02/25/2010 11:49 AM, Aaron Griffin wrote:
>>>>>> On Tue, Feb 23, 2010 at 7:17 PM, Daniel J Griffiths (Ghost1227)
>>>>>> <ghost1227 at archlinux.us> wrote:
>>>>>>> I've always thought the method of modifying your local mirrorlist,
>>>>>>> running mkarchroot, then reverting the changes to be more tedious
>>>>>>> than
>>>>>>> necessary for creation of i686 chroots on x86_64. My recent work
>>>>>>> with
>>>>>>> setting up a dedicated build server gave me plenty of time and an
>>>>>>> excuse to actually do something about it. As such, I've put
>>>>>>> together a
>>>>>>> little patch that allows specification of creation of an i686 chroot
>>>>>>> at runtime. When set, this flag will automatically modify your local
>>>>>>> mirrorlist, create the requested i686 chroot, then revert the
>>>>>>> changes
>>>>>>> to the mirrorlist file. I don't know if others would find this
>>>>>>> useful
>>>>>>> or not, but I figured it wouldn't hurt to post it.
>>>>>> Actually, I *thought* I added a flag to point to an alternate pacman
>>>>>> config when building the chroot, to simplify this. So it'd be as
>>>>>> simple as:
>>>>>> sed s/x86_64/i686/< /etc/pacman.d/mirrorlist>
>>>>>> /etc/pacman.d/mirrorlist-i686
>>>>>> sed s/mirrorlist/mirrorlist-i686/< /etc/pacman.conf>
>>>>>> /etc/pacman-i686.conf
>>>>>> mkarchroot -C /etc/pacman-i686.conf ...yada yada...
>>>>> Having some uniform turnkey script to build an i686 chroot on an
>>>>> x86_64
>>>>> box as part of devtools would be useful.
>>>>> I just noticed today that in setting up my chroots, I had replaced my
>>>>> x86_64 in makepkg.conf with i686, but not replaced the x86-64 which
>>>>> occur in CFLAGS and CXXFLAGS. If others have done similar things, it
>>>>> might result in buggy or suboptimal packages.
>>>>> It would at least be nice of someone who knows a lot about building in
>>>>> chroots describes in detail what must be done for i686 chroots in
>>>>> x86_64
>>>>> in the wiki page, just in case there are important details I or others
>>>>> have missed.
>>>> So here's one for the chroot gurus.
>>>> It appears that even with all my settings fixed, tomcat doesn't work
>>>> when built in my i686 chroot on x86_64:
>>>> http://bugs.archlinux.org/task/18604
>>>> Building on an actual i686 box, even in a chroot, works.
>>>> Can anyone guess why this might be? Are there some guidelines
>>>> someone can give for evaluating whether or not it's safe to build a
>>>> package under an i686 chroot on an x86_64 box?
>>>> It seems there's an increased risk we're putting out broken packages
>>>> when we build i686 packages in a chroot on an x86_64 box.
>>>> - P
>>> I've seen a few (rare) cases where a package built for i686 on an x86_64
>>> machine _must_ be run with linux32, just using a 32bit chroot doesn't
>>> cut it. This could be one of those cases. On a side note, perhaps I
>>> should
>>> add a flag on pkgbuild.com to enable this just for those off-the-wall
>>> cases...
>> I'd say to always use linux32... You can get some very strange configure
>> errors without it. I have "makechrootpkg64" as an alias to use "linux64
>> makechrootpkg" on my system.
> I've added linux32 to my build scripts on my x86_64 box, since this
> seems like a good idea in general; is there any reason *not* to run
> makechrootpkg for an i686 chroot on an x86_64 box with linux32 all the
> time? I could try to tool up a patch to makechrootpkg to automatically
> detect/do that.

I see no reason not to.  But I do not know the best way to automatically 
detect the arch.


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