The AROS Operating system is currently built using Linux and FreeBSD hosts. There has long been a significant amount interest in AROS being able to compile itself, therefore freeing the native version from Linux/FreeBSD.
In order for AROS to be able to recompile AROS, most likely the easiest path to take would be to port the existing FreeBSD/Linux build environment to AROS.
The purpose of this page is to keep track of the current state of the tools that need to be ported to AROS in order to realize the goal.
Here is a list of what is required to build from within AROS, and its current port status for AROS:
GNU GCC Compiler
GCC 3.3.1 Ported. No reported problems, yet has not undergone rigorous testing.
Binutils 2.14 Ported. No known issues
Fileutils 4.1 Ported. No reported problems, yet has not undergone rigorous testing.
Textutils 2.1 Ported. No reported problems, yet has not undergone rigorous testing.
GNU Make Utility
GNU Make 3.80 08.21.2004 Success! With updated sources from the AOS4 port, and some hacking about, a *stable* make has been generated. The make in contrib/gnu/make is slated to be removed and this will be committed in its place :-D
GNU Awk Utility
GNU Awk (GAWK) 3.1.3 Ported. No reported problems, yet has not undergone rigorous testing.
GNU Bison Utility
GNU Bison (GAWK) 1.875 Ported. No reported problems, yet has not undergone rigorous testing.
Python Script Parser
Python 2.2.1 Ported. It is hoped PyAROS will work.
The NetPBM Graphics Conversion Package
NetPBM Ported. Initial tests indicate the portions of this that are needed by the AROS build system function properly.
GNU Ksh Shell Ported. However, an issue relating a workaround of the fork() function call is creating a stability problem.