[Buildroot] Help needed with cross-compiling libotr

Markos Chandras markos.chandras at gmail.com
Thu Feb 28 15:36:15 UTC 2013

On 28 February 2013 15:21, Thomas Petazzoni
<thomas.petazzoni at free-electrons.com> wrote:
> Hello all,
> On Thu, 28 Feb 2013 17:04:23 +0200, Stefan Fröberg wrote:
>> I have been trying to cross-compile libotr package that makes it possible,
>> with the help of pidgin-otr plugin, to send encrypted messages with
>> Pidgin IM software
>> (which I already have successfully cross-compiled for buildroot and plan
>> to submit soon).
> I'd like to state my feeling on this: I believe that packaging
> desktop-level software like Pidgin or the Network-Manager Applet in
> Buildroot is useless. I don't think Buildroot is appropriate to build a
> full-blown desktop distro, and even though Stefan is doing good work
> with all those packages, I fear that once Stefan's work is over, those
> packages will bit rot.
> Stefan, are you sure that Buildroot is appropriate for what you're
> trying to achieve? Have you looked at something like Gentoo? It builds
> from source like Buildroot, has a package management system, and
> gazillions of desktop-level software already packaged. Since you're
> targeting x86, you don't need cross-compilation, which would have been
> the reason for using Buildroot in the first place.
> And don't tell me you use Buildroot because of uClibc: when you're
> doing a full-blown desktop environment, using glibc or uClibc doesn't
> make *any* difference, be it from a size perspective or a performance
> perspective.
> What do others think about this?
> Best regards,
> Thomas
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I tend to agree that these kind of packages might be too much for
buildroot, but keep in mind that Gentoo comes with a rather big uClibc
rootfs by default [1]

[1] http://distfiles.gentoo.org/experimental/x86/uclibc/

Markos Chandras

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