Building Xorg on Solaris 8

Alan Coopersmith Alan.Coopersmith at Sun.COM
Wed May 20 07:42:51 PDT 2009

Sorry, I don't remember any known segfaults in mkfontscale, and the hundreds
of thousands of lines of code involved through mkfontscale, libXfont, and
libfreetype make it infeasible to guess where an unknown bug may lie without
any information.

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

Greg Huxley wrote:
> 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?
> Thanks,
> Greg
> -----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
> following:
> 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
> based
> Solaris release (i.e. Solaris 2.0 or later).   I've not tried building
> on
> Solaris 8 in many years (since before X11R6.9 was out), but you should
> be
> able to work around this by editing
> xc/programs/Xserver/hw/xfree86/common/xf86Events.c
> and just deleting the closefrom() call.   If you do crash and call
> pstack
> 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.

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