Build Environment Running on Fedora Core 4

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Build Environment Running on Fedora Core 4


Firstly, it would be meaningful to know the System Requirements for 2 released by the community. It says that

Linux kernel version 2.2.13 or higher, glibc2 version 2.2.0 or higher

The Linux kernel-2.2.13 became available late in 1999. Looking for similar distributions, you would find some:

Nowadays it is relatively difficult to get such a somewhat antique distribution. So we will need to find an alternative.

Secondarily, refer to Compiler versions used by port maintainers and release engineers to find out what version of tools are used for release engineering.

Choosing a Linux distribution

Then, choose a Linux distribution. There are many distributions currently available. Since the 'solver' seems to be created on the environment firstly prepared in the year of around 2000, some of the distributions can work with it, but others can not.

Fedora Core Distributions

Fedora Core and Fedora distributions are freely available and widely used in the world.

Versions of the packages bundled in the Fedora Core and Fedora distributions

Package FC1 FC2 FC3 FC4 FC5 FC6 Fedora 7 Fedora 8
kernel 2.6.5 2.6.9 2.6.11 2.6.15 2.6.18 2.6.21 2.6.23
glibc 2.3.3 2.3.3 2.3.5 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7
gcc 3.3.3 3.4.2 4.0.0 4.1.0 4.1.1 4.1.2 4.1.2
binutils 2.15.90 2.15.92 2.15.94 2.16.91 2.17.50 2.17.50 2.17.50
ant 1.5.2 n/a 1.6.2 1.6.5 1.6.5 n/a 1.7.0
scim n/a n/a n/a 1.4.4 1.4.4 1.4.5 1.4.7

n/a: Not Available



Fedora Core 4 plus gcc-3.4.1 seems to be the better choice among the Fedora distributions.

Setting up development environment

Setting up a Fedora Core 4 box

  1. Visit
  2. Follow links to find a list of mirror servers.
  3. Download core/4/i386/iso/FC4-i386-DVD.iso
  4. Install it.
  5. Additionally install necessary packages, if needed.

To use yum, you will need to create a directory 'repodata' since FC4-i386-DVD.iso does not have it while an iso image of Fedora 8 does.

mount -o /dev/cdrom /mnt
mkdir /var/tmp/RPMS
cd /var/tmp/RPMS
ln -s /mnt/Fedora/RPMS/* .
createrepo .

To use the repodata, specify a path of the directory in which repodata is.

cd /etc/yum.repos.d
mkdir disabled
mv *.repo disabled
cat > dvd.repo 
name=Fedora 4 Install DVD
yum list
yum install name_of_package
mv disabled/* . 
mv dvd.repo disabled
umount /mnt

Installing gcc-3.4.1

  1. Visit
  2. Follow links to find a list of mirror servers.
  3. Download releases/gcc-3.4.1/gcc-3.4.1.tar.gz
  4. Apply two patches following an article [porting-dev] OOo Linux builds: Hamburg RE switches over to gcc-3.4.1 by Jens-Heiner Rechtien.
    1. enum patch - by Jakub Jelinek
    2. visibility patch - by Niall Douglas
  5. Install it following instructions at gcc-3.4.1/INSTALL/index.html
bunzip2 -dc gcc-3.4.1.tar.bz2 | tar zxf -
cd gcc-3.4.1
patch -p0 < ../Fix_C++_enums_handling_in_build_range_check.patch
patch -p1 < ../GCC3.4.0VisibilityPatch2.diff
mkdir -p build/object
cd build/object
../../configure '--enable-languages=c,c++'
make bootstrap
make install

Here is an example file Fix_C++_enums_handling_in_build_range_check.patch
This example is cited from
and then a portion "--- gcc/fold-const.c.jj" in the first line is intentionally replaced with "--- gcc.original/fold-const"

--- gcc.original/fold-const	2004-07-09 13:50:54.000000000 +0200
+++ gcc/fold-const.c	2004-07-09 18:10:52.945905468 +0200
@@ -3844,7 +3844,13 @@ build_range_check (tree type, tree exp, 
       HOST_WIDE_INT hi;
       int prec;
-      prec = TYPE_PRECISION (etype);
+      /* For enums the comparison will be done in the underlying type,
+	 so using enum's precision is wrong here.
+	 Consider e.g. enum { A, B, C, D, E }, low == B and high == D.  */
+      if (TREE_CODE (etype) == ENUMERAL_TYPE)
+	prec = GET_MODE_BITSIZE (TYPE_MODE (etype));
+      else
+	prec = TYPE_PRECISION (etype);
       if (prec <= HOST_BITS_PER_WIDE_INT)
 	  hi = 0;

Installing JDK

  1. Visit
  2. Download SDK of Java 2 Platform, Standard Edition, v 1.4.1_03 (J2SE).
  3. Install it.
sh j2sdk-1_4_1_03-linux-i586-rpm.bin
rpm -ivh j2sdk-1_4_1_03-fcs-linux-i586.rpm
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