When I configure my FreeBSD box, I like to install the applications from the ports instead of using pkg_add, because I can customize the configurations and optimize the compile process for my systems. However, if an application comes with lots of dependencies, it will take me a long time because I will need to sit in front of the computer and choose the options for each applications. It is a very time-consuming process.

So, how to make the process automatic? Here is the trick:

To use the default options, simply do:

sudo make -DBATCH install clean

Or view all of the options at the beginning:

sudo make config-recursive
sudo make install clean

Hope these two tricks will save you few hours.

–Derrick

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I was installing XAMPP on Fedora 11 64-bit today, and I saw this famous message:

sudo /opt/lampp/lampp startapache
XAMPP is currently only availably as 32 bit application. Please use a 32 bit compatibility library for your system.

The message is very clear that XAMPP doesn’t like 32-bit system. So, we will need to cheat XAMPP that the system is 32-bit. First, we will need to install some libraries:

sudo yum -y install glibc.i686 libgcc.i686 libstdc++.i686

and now, we need to skip the 32-bit annoying check. Use Nano or your favorite editor to open this file: /opt/lampp/lampp

sudo nano /opt/lampp/lampp

Replace the following from:

# XAMPP is currently 32 bit only
case `uname -m` in
       *_64)
       if /opt/lampp/bin/php -v > /dev/null 2>&1
       then
               :
       else
               $de && echo "XAMPP gibt es zur Zeit nur als 32-Bit Applikation. Bitte verwende eine 32-Bit Kompatibilitaetsbibliothek fuer Dein System."
               $de || echo "XAMPP is currently only availably as 32 bit application. Please use a 32 bit compatibility library for your system."
               exit
       fi
       ;;
esac

To:

# XAMPP is currently 32 bit only
#case `uname -m` in
#       *_64)
#       if /opt/lampp/bin/php -v > /dev/null 2>&1
#       then
#               :
#       else
#               $de && echo "XAMPP gibt es zur Zeit nur als 32-Bit Applikation. Bitte verwende eine 32-Bit Kompatibilitaetsbibliothek fuer Dein System."
#               $de || echo "XAMPP is currently only availably as 32 bit application. Please use a 32 bit compatibility library for your system."
#               exit
#       fi
#       ;;
#esac

Now run the following the start XAMPP:

sudo /opt/lampp/lampp startapache

Wow! Everything is working great!

–Derrick

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