README.new - Cross-compilation for linux
This is second approach to linux cross-compilation, which should allow building full perl and extensions for target platform. Cross-compilation for linux uses similar approach and shares the same files as cross-compilation for WinCE.
We refer to HOST as the platform where the build is performed, and to TARGET as where final executables will run.
output files from GCC cross-compiler are produced in the same directory where C files are.
All TARGET binaries have different extensions so to distinguish HOST and TARGET binaries.
object files for
arm cross-compilation will have extension
executable files will have
After typical cross-compilation the following files will be built, among others:
sv.c sv.o sv.armo libperl.arma
(this approach may be reconsidered, however.)
miniperl is built. This executable is intended to run on HOST, and it will facilitate the remaining build process; all binaries built after it are foreign (TARGET) and should not run locally (HOST).
Unlike HOST build, miniperl will not have
Config.pm of HOST within reach; it rather will use the
Config.pm from the cross-compilation directories. In fact, if the build process does have Config.pm within reach, this is only an indication of a mistake somewhere in the middle.
# following command is okay: ./miniperl -Ilib -MCross -MConfig -e 1 # following command should cluck, and it is bad if it does not: ./miniperl -Ilib -MConfig -e 1
miniperl is built,
configpm is invoked to create an appropriate
Config.pm in the right place and its corresponding
Cross.pm is dead simple: for given cross-architecture places in @INC a path where perl modules are, and right
Config.pm in that place.
miniperl -Ilib -MConfig -we 1 should report an error, because it cannot find
Config.pm. If it does not give an error, a wrong
Config.pm is substituted, and resulting binaries will be a mess.
miniperl -MCross -MConfig -we 1 should run okay, and it will provide a correct
Config.pm for further compilations.
During extensions build phase, the script
./ext/util/make_ext_cross is invoked.
All invocations of
Makefile.PL are provided with
-MCross so to enable cross-compilation.
To compile, you need the following: