[GRASS5] Known Solaris 7 issues with beta 11
Bruce_Byars at baylor.edu
Wed Feb 21 10:40:23 EST 2001
Known Solaris 7 issues
I've prepared this short document to list
some of the known issues I have found that
are relevant to compiling GRASS 5.0 on
Solaris 7 (US) and Solaris 7 Intel edition
(US). So these notes are only applicable
to the 32-bit US (11/99 stable) Solaris
I haven't had a chane to work with Solaris
8 yet, but I assume some similar issues.
As sonn as I get it running, I'll let everone
Test Platform Specs:
- Sun Ultra 10, Solaris 7 (11/99 US ed.),
rec. patch set, 256mb RAM, gcc 2.95.1
- Necessary software from www.sunfreeware.com
in the form of packages. Steve Christiansen
does excellent packaging work. I recommend
getting ALL Solaris updated packages from
- GRASS 5.0 beta 11
New Issues with beta 11 not seen previously:
- Configure does NOT like to run as anyone
other than root on Solaris 7 now. I try
to run as any other user and get lot's of
errors, mostly related to permissions.
I'm compiling in the csh.
- Configure bombs as a result of zlibs.
Fix is to get zlib 1.3.1 package from
www.sunfreeware.com. The precompiled
binaries are perfect (pkgadd -d package).
- Sun lex is a no-go as well. Fix is
flex 2.5.4 from www.sunfreeware.com
- tcl 8.2.0 and tk 8.2.0 work fine. One
thing I have seen is that you may need
to softlink 'wish8.2' to 'wish'. Same
for tclsh. No problems with packages
- All other Sun X libs and system libs are
fine. No errors.
- There is no real Sun equivalent to Motif
(no, the dt stuff doesn't cut it). But
this is not a hinderance unless someone
still wants xgrass.
- 64-bit operation does not hamper the
configure script. I can produce identical
errors so 64-bit compiling is not an
issue under Sol 7. Previous versions
of GRASS (up to 5.0 beta 10) will compile
easily under 64-bit Solaris. So far I've
done some benchmarking and can't really
see any performance difference between
specific programs (mapcalc, watershed,
and poly were my 3 tests). I recommend
staying with 32-bit compiling because
64-bit is not downward compatable.
- Intel 7 is much more stable. Sun lex
actually works here? No fix needed.
However, I can't get 64-bit Intel to
configure. Since I haven't spent as much
time with it, I don't have a solution
yet. Previous GRASS versions see the
- Configure with Solaris 7 for some unknown
reason will not let me specify any different
installation directories. I've not really
looked into this in much detail. No fix.
- The main configure bomb that I see is
with permissions. Lot's of "can't create"
- While Sun OpenGL is nice, I still recommend
going with mesa. Sun's GL does not have
very good support for (and the error is,
"unknown widget type" (haha)) the current
nviz. I can't get OpenGL to work with it.
However, IF you have mesa installed, I
highly recommend setting the environment to
only see mesa libs. OpenGL will have some
conflicts (I've seen in previous GRASS versions).
If anyone's got any other Solaris errors or you've
got a work-around you like, let me know.
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