This page is to give an overview of how Debian was bootstrapped for new architectures in the past. It starts from the point when arch labels are agreed upon and assumes that gcc, glibc, binutils etc understand the arch. This leaves the task of cross compiling or natively compiling a base system and starting from there, natively building the rest of Debian. Naturally build dependency cycles have to be resolved, the new arch name has to be added to Architecture lists and packages that dont compile for the new arch have to be fixed.

The goal is not only to record the history of the existing (or deprecated) Debian architectures but also as a place to learn for new porters.

Another goal is to justify and enhance the work that has been and will be done in terms of automating the Debian bootstrapping process. It is to show that such an application is indeed needed and useful. In the best case it will also give people working on this application more ideas for useful heuristics to make the right decisions for or provide the right suggestions to the user.

The ports are sorted alphabetically

alpha

amd64

arm

armel

armhf

Thanks, markos!

avr32

hppa

hurd-i386

i386

Of course doesnt matter in this context :)

ia64

kfreebsd-amd64

kfreebsd-i386

m32

m68k

Thanks Ingo J├╝rgensmann, Thorsten Glaser!

mips

mipsel

netbsd-alpha

netbsd-i386

powerpc

powerpcspe

ppc64

s390

s390x

sh4

sparc

sparc64