[parisc-linux] HP-UX application support?

willy@thepuffingroup.com willy@thepuffingroup.com
Mon, 28 Feb 2000 18:26:34 -0500

On Mon, Feb 28, 2000 at 02:55:49PM -0800, Grant Grundler wrote:
> willy@thepuffingroup.com wrote:
> > > And, what about the install location of HP-UX shlibs required for these
> > > 64-bit (and 32-bit?) HP-UX applications?
> > 
> > If we use a dynamically linked application, they would need to be placed
> > in the same location that HP/UX requires them to be.
> On HP-UX "SHLIB_PATH" envirment variables helps the dynamic linker
> find shared libaries. Something equivalent for linux?

We would also use the HP/UX dynamic linker --- I don't want to write
a dynamic SOM linker.  The Linux ld.so uses LD_LIBRARY_PATH (and some
other interesting things -- man 8 ld.so for more details).

> > However,
> > it wouldn't be the recommended way; packaging products as rpm or dpkg
> > (depending which distribution we pick) would be the preferred way to go.
> If we can make .depot installs work, we could pull alot of stuff
> from the porting center for starters. And it would also allow folks
> to publish binaries for both OS's in a common format. That might not
> be interesting to "real" linux hackers. But to folks using HP-UX, it
> would make the transition to linux easier.

I'm not against it, I'm just not terribly excited about it.  I don't know
much about packaging formats and issues people have there.  I guess that
having alien understand depot files is the right approach, but I really
don't know.