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May 6th, 2008 by Multimedia Mike

Sun recently released a live CD for their OpenSolaris operating system. What’s one more platform for testing FATE? They’re all virtual anyway. Live CDs make us so spoiled these days.


OpenSolaris logo

I got the OS installed in a VMware [Fusion] session. But the operating system wouldn’t boot after the boot loader told it to. I have not had a chance to troubleshoot the issue further.

I wonder what development tools are available under OpenSolaris? Does it just provide gcc? Or is there a proprietary Sun compiler for x86_64? I know Sun invests heavily in compiler optimization, but for their own Sparc hardware; I can’t imagine they would pour any money into making code run well on other CPU architectures.

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9 Responses

  1. Ramiro Polla Says:

    What about MinGW32 tests on FATE? Cross-compiling from Linux and testing on Wine is not the real deal… Too bad Windows doesn’t release LiveCDs for free…

    And soon there’ll be MinGW64 to test too.

  2. mat Says:

    You could also imagine FATE tests for other cpu (arm, mips) using cross-compilation with gcc and qemu-user for running the binaries.
    I manage to run ffmpeg regression test for arm with that, but it is quite slow (and need some qemu patch).

  3. Multimedia Mike Says:

    The mingw-hosted FATE builds are probably plausible. But I have to read up on how mingw works in the first place. Does mingw offer a full, standard Python installation? That can interface with local MySQL libraries?

    I have some other ideas about how to do ARM builds. It would be nice to perform the tests on proper hardware and I think I could set that up.

  4. Reimar Says:

    That OpenSolaris version only offers gcc, and installing Sun’s compiler (/SunStudio) still does not seem possible via the package management system.
    And the live CD runs fine under VirtualBox for me, though it is very when doing any kind of I/O (I think it took 20 minutes to boot).

  5. Peter Says:

    Solaris express developer edition includes both the SUN and GNU c compilers. Have you given any thought to supporting externally submitted test results.

  6. Benjamin Larsson Says:

    I have 3 spare Windows licenses. I can give you one of those if you need a license for Fate.

  7. Multimedia Mike Says:

    @Peter: As a matter of fact, I wouldn’t mind external results for FATE. I need to refactor some code in FATE first, though. Someone already tried running my FATE script on Solaris but it doesn’t support all the libraries I presently need.

  8. Roman V. Shaposhnik Says:

    @Multimedia Mike: Of course you can get Sun Studio compilers from the package repository. And speaking of optimizing for other architectures such as x86 and x64 we do a pretty good job there (in
    fact we kick Intel compiler’s ass on a couple of benchmarks running
    on their own silicon). Why? The answer is simple: because we sell
    a whole range of boxes based on AMD64 and Intel’s silicon. We have
    to make them look good. And the only way we can beat companies like
    Dell and HP is to provide best performing OS and best performing
    compilers. GCC simply doesn’t cut it for FP and a couple of other
    areas. That’s at least what our customers are telling us.

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