> It would be MUCH simpler to either gain access to a SPARC box or
> purchase one used and install Solaris 8 if you want to support
> Solaris. You can get an Ultra 200E for next to 0 dollars nowadays.
> I have built a gcc cross compiler and it actually worked but UGH.
> Last resort solution.
I agree, building a cross compiler is a PITA. It would be really nice
though if I could build the binaries locally here, and then scp those
to a Sparc machine for regression testing. So, I'm still looking for
headers and libraries. :-)
I wish it were practical for me to pick up a Sparc machine for this,
but it's not for a bunch of reasons... including the fact that I'm
being asked for ports to several platforms and my application is a
rather small, inexpensive one. I don't want to nail Sparc users in the
pocketbook just because they are Sparc users.
How do I find shell account access to a SPARC/Solaris machine for
purposes of compiling and testing my application?
For Tru64, I found Compaq's "Test Drive" site, which provides free
shell accounts to various platforms with access to compilers great!
I don't need free, but but I'm only talking about minimal cycles and
occasional meagre disk space requirements.
I've searched the web, and been able to find precious few options for
Solaris. I haven't started looking for IBM options yet, but I know
that will be one of the next ones I'm asked for. I would have thought
that this was a more common need!
I've only found the following two options so far: www.iprotection.com,
and www.jtan.com. Doesn't Sun provide access to their machines for
purposes of porting applications to their platforms? Isn't there
anybody out there with a SourceForge style compiler farm, but
available for small commercial software packages like mine?