Building Xorg on Solaris 8

Greg Huxley Greg.Huxley at
Wed May 20 02:54:25 PDT 2009

Cheers Alan that fixed the problem.  Make World completed successfully
after a couple of other small issues, but now when I try to make install
it fails running mkfontscale with a segmentation fault.  Any ideas?


-----Original Message-----
From: Alan.Coopersmith at Sun.COM [mailto:Alan.Coopersmith at Sun.COM] 
Sent: 18 May 2009 16:58
To: Greg Huxley
Cc: xorg at
Subject: Re: Building Xorg on Solaris 8

Greg Huxley wrote:
> I'm trying to build X11R6.9 on Solaris 8 and it is failing on the

An obsolete X release for an obsolete OS release?

> closefrom                          
> ../../programs/Xserver/hw/xfree86/common/libxf86.a(xf86Events.o)

Sorry - that's probably my fault - the closefrom() function was
introduced in
Solaris 9, but the check in the X11R6.9 code just checks for any SVR4
Solaris release (i.e. Solaris 2.0 or later).   I've not tried building
Solaris 8 in many years (since before X11R6.9 was out), but you should
able to work around this by editing
and just deleting the closefrom() call.   If you do crash and call
to print the stack trace to the log, you'll pass all of Xorg's open file
descriptors to pstack, but that probably won't hurt it.

	-Alan Coopersmith-           alan.coopersmith at
	 Sun Microsystems, Inc. - X Window System Engineering

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