[fpc-devel] FPC and OpenSXCE/Illumos/Solaris 11

Mark Morgan Lloyd markMLl.fpc-devel at telemetry.co.uk
Mon Mar 23 16:00:45 CET 2015

I'm taking a minimal look at OpenSXCE, which is a compilation of Illumos 
(formerly Open Solaris 11 etc.) for SPARC. I've already got SPARC 
Solaris 10 running, so am able to see what's different rather than being 
confused by a completely unfamiliar platform.

With a fairly complete installation (i.e. including GNU binutils etc.) 
and FPC 2.6.4 built on a Solaris 10 system, compiling a trivial program 
results in

/usr/bin/gld:built in linker script:21: syntax error

I can see that there's been various discussion of this sort of thing 
before, with truncated/missing linker scripts being implicated (i.e. 
it's not really an FPC problem). In this case, it appears that none of 
the linker script files are being opened, and I find that if I put an 


in /etc/fpc.cfg I can build simple test programs. If anybody understands 
what's going on, can they confirm that this is an appropriate file to use?

Using FPC 2.6.4, if I try building 2.7.1 it runs most of the way through 
provided that I put the above hack on the command line to accommodate 
cases where fpc.cfg is not being used. However it eventually fails with

/usr/bin/gar: creating libpfpmake.a
Linking fpmake
/usr/bin/gld: internal error ldlang.c 4884
fpmake.pp(49) Error: Error while linking

Can anybody suggest why fpmake is pushing gld into this kind of error, 
and can it be disabled? (I note that 2.6.4 barfs on fastcgi earlier in 
the build sequence because the -k-T hasn't been passed through, I 
presume this has been fixed for 2.7.1.)

I was hoping to be able to investigate whether Lazarus would run on this 
system, since gtk etc. is a much later version than the one with Solaris 
10 including more complete Unicode support etc. However in view of the 
proprietary nature of both Solaris and SPARC I'm not proposing to put 
much time into it- unless of course the existing problems turn out to be 

Mark Morgan Lloyd
markMLl .AT. telemetry.co .DOT. uk

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