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Old 03-14-2008, 06:48 AM   #1
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Buiding Darwin on a pure Darwin installation on x86 platform

Dear Forum members,

Recently I attempted and succeeded to install Darwin on an Intel-box using Apple's last binary distribution of Darwin (version 8.0, dates back to 2004).

The plan was to upgrade by from release to release by building all packages from source on Darwin itself. This attempt failed bitterly. Most packages refuse to build regardless of the GCC version in use.

I was able to build and replace the mach_kernel up to version 8.3, but even some frameworks like IOKit, Kernel, System do not build for that mach_kernel. the system is still bootable, but in a mixed stated by having a newer kernel running with older frameworks.

Darwinbuild hasn't been a great help, as it doesn't build at all (latest version was accessed by SVN). The available Xcode 2.x version does also give mixed result when trying to build them on the Darwin Box.

What I would like to know:

- Has someone lately (within the last 2 years) built Darwin successfully WITHOUT using MacOS X and any developer tools that require MacOS X ?

- Is MacOS X unavoidable to make any progress with Darwin ?

- Is this some issue with the underlying hardware (SSE2/SSE3 instructions) ?

I must admit that it is so far much easier to build open source packages that are entirely unaware of Darwin on that Darwin Box, than doing the same with packages and sources from Apple's Darwin site.

I appreciate any feedback on this,

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