[Mono-dev] Fwd: Re: Mono on Solaris

Burkhard Linke blinke at CeBiTec.Uni-Bielefeld.DE
Thu May 23 13:21:09 UTC 2013

Forgot the CC to the list....

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Subject: 	Re: [Mono-dev] Mono on Solaris
Date: 	Thu, 23 May 2013 15:16:46 +0200
From: 	Burkhard Linke <blinke at CeBiTec.Uni-Bielefeld.DE>
To: 	Matt Clay <Matt.Clay at earthclassmail.com>


On 05/21/2013 07:56 PM, Matt Clay wrote:
> Hi,
> Does anyone still maintain support for Mono on Solaris, specifically for SPARC?
> There are no Solaris packages on the download page for 3.x and the Solaris SPARC package for 2.10.5 is missing the .NET 4.0 class libraries.
I've built Mono 2.x releases for Solaris/x86. It's a major maintenance
nightmare, since Solaris has its own ideas about posix threads and
especially thread cancel handlers. If you do heavy threaded load, you
will likely run into deadlock within the garbage collection. At least
stock Boehm GC is affected by this problem. SGen does not work under
Solaris, too, with the binaries aborting and generating core dumps. I
didn't had the time to investigate this further. And since Solaris is a
dying operating system on our site, I'll probably not dig into this further.

If you want to try it, you'll definitely need a recent checkout of the
Boehm GC. And you should disable the dtrace support code, since it does
not compile.


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