[Mono-dev] Mono 2.0 on Solaris//SPARC

Steffen Enni steffen.enni at gmail.com
Fri Nov 7 13:29:10 EST 2008

I've now managed to get this compiling, and my app is running just fine on
my Solaris 9/SPARC.

Here is what I did:

(1) Got pkg-get from Blastwave installed.  Followed this

(2) Set my mirror to the stable tree for Blastwave.

(3) Used pkg-get -i to download and install:
          wget gcc3 gmake gtar autoconf automake glib2

(4) Added /opt/csw/bin to my path

(5) Downloaded and built glib 2.18.2  (seems as glib and glib2 which you can
get from Blastwave doesn't include unsetenv/setenv).
Instructions for glib is:

(6) Just copied the built libglib-2.0.so.0.1800.2 to the /opt/csw/lib
directory  (and made the similar links as the glib2 Blastwave package had
done).  [I probably should just have made a gmake install as root instead.]

(7) Installed the mono-1.2.4_4.sunos8.novell.sparc.pkg  (it went into
/opt/csw/ as default)

(8) Untarred the mono-2.0.1 sources using gtar

(9) Ran configure as

MAKE=gmake CFLAGS="-g -O2" CC=/opt/csw/gcc3/bin/gcc ./configure
--prefix=/opt/csw --with-tls=pthread --with-includes=/opt/csw/include/

(10) Set ulimit using   ulimit -Hs 10124

(11) gmake

It failed during the compilation of System.Core.dll (and other dlls) when
compiling C# sources with an out of memory error.  I guess it is because it
is trying to compile too many source files in one invocation of mcs.
Restarting gmake again a few times made it possible build it all

(12) su to root and add /opt/csw/bin:/usr/css/bin (for ranlib) to the path

(13) as root do a gmake install

Initially step 11 failed with a linker error in mono-2.0.1/mono/metadata:
Saying that unsetenv/setenv was unreferenced in

This went away when I managed to build glib 2.18.2.  Doing a nm on
/opt/csw/lib/libglib-2.0.so (which for the Blastwave glib2 package pointed
to libglib-2.0.so.0.1600.3) showed that it didn't contain the
unsetenv/setenv.  This is why I build libglib my self.

It still feels a little quirky the compile of mono. I've done it once more
to correct a .NET Remoting error
https://bugzilla.novell.com/show_bug.cgi?id=422491 that I'm dependent on.

I've made a gzipped tarball with all mono related (including libglib-2.0)
that I can find in /opt/csw.  It is 26M.  If anybody is interested I could
make this available, but I haven't got any web servers/ftp sites available.

Anybody out there which know how I can package the binaries into the pkg

Is there some target in the mono distribution to make this happen (gmake

Back in 1997-1999 I worked full time on Solaris and remember that it was
quite a pain to make packages from scratch, so I would like to avoid doing
this all over again.

/Steffen Enni

On Wed, Nov 5, 2008 at 12:50 AM, Stefan Mecke <news.mecke at buchert-wf.de>wrote:

> Hi,
> Steffen Enni schrieb:
>> Is there anybody who have successfully build 2.0 on Solaris [9 or 10] /
>> SPARC ?
> yes, I did it few days ago. And I'm about to write some 'how I did it' as
> soon as I find the time.
>  I've installed the Blastwave tools (gmake, gcc3, gtar, glib2-2.16.3,
>> autoconf, automake).  After running configure, gmake fails in mono/metadata
>> while linking.  It can't find unsetenv/setenv. I'm stuck and really don't
>> know how to proceed.
> Looks similar to the problems I had.
> One hint: make absolutely sure that every new shell has the correct library
> paths in correct order. In my case, I had to set
> LD_LIBRARY_PATH=/usr/local/lib:/usr/lib and uncomment every other settings
> in .bashrc, .bash_profile and so on.
> One try I thought I had luck with completely unsetting LD_LIBRARY_PATH, but
> I'm not sure whether that's correct. But it may be worth a try too.
>  I'm also interested in knowing if anybody actually is using mono on
>> Solaris/SPARC?
> We are. On Solaris 9 (SPARC).
> Good luck
> Stefan

Venlig hilsen,
Steffen Enni
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