[tlbuild] Checking if biber binary can run on a given platform?

Nikola Lečić nikola.lecic at anthesphoria.net
Tue Mar 29 12:18:14 CEST 2011

Peter Breitenlohner <peb at mppmu.mpg.de> wrote
  in <alpine.LNX.2.00.1103291139130.6908 at pcl321.mppmu.mpg.de>
  on Tue, 29 Mar 2011 11:43:26 +0200 (CEST):

> On Mon, 28 Mar 2011, Karl Berry wrote:
> > Resending this msg from Nikola with the technical details to this
> > list so it'll be in the archives.  I've implemented the test in
> > biber/configure.ac.
> Hi Karl and Nikola,
> this should take care of the freebsd versions when building and
> installing from the source tree.  How is that problem to be handled
> by the TL installer?

The TL installer installs all FreeBSD binaries unconditionally *if it
can*. Biber is the same as all the other binaries: to remind you, we
ship FreeBSD-7 binaries that can run on nearly all FreeBSDs that people
actually use these days (7, 8, and now bleeding-edge 9-CURRENT --
except asy and xindy).

I say 'if it can' because xz and wget binaries that we ship behave just
like the others. If they can't run -- nothing will happen. If they run
-- so will the other binaries.

Karl added a note on http://tug.org/texlive/bugs.html that explains
what one can do if TL binaries fail to run and linked my "Extended
FreeBSD support page" that contains more binaries and a very detailed
README about TeX Live on FreeBSD.

Of course, adding some OS-specific info/warning messages during the
installation process for TL2011 wouldn't be bad thing at all.

Nikola Lečić = Никола Лечић
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