Compiling BOINC/Seti@Home for OpenBSD 5.3 Sparc64

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Message 1409287 - Posted: 29 Aug 2013, 11:53:58 UTC

I used to use x86 Linux clients for this years ago, but ceased all activity until last night. I have resurrected an old Sun Blade 100, which used to run Solaris 9, when I first owned it, in the 2003 period, but now is very much alive with 2 gig of new ram, and and extra 10 gig of drive space for these types of projects.
I have to plug OpenBSD - these guys did a great job with this Sparc64 port for these older Sun boxes. Now this computer sits running actively, with nothing to do! So lets run Seti on it, but alas, no recent binary for OpenBSD Sparc64 seems to be found. Thus I tried last night to compile my own, but the _autosetup script fails saying it can't find M4 >= 1.4 (not true, I have latest), automake( not true I have latest), autoconf (not true I have latest). The only thing it finds is gmake, which passes. Is there some sort of special tailoring necessary for OpenBSD? Or has someone solved all these issues already and could help me out? Thanks, Richard.

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Message 1409561 - Posted: 29 Aug 2013, 22:56:47 UTC - in response to Message 1409287.

What are you trying to build? BOINC, or the Seti@Home v7.00 application?
They are different entities, and you can't run Seti without BOINC.

Now, I take it that you've been at already? That may get you a reasonably updated BOINC client (for comparison, 7.0.65 is the latest recommended for Linux derivations). If you want to build your own BOINC version from the latest source code (use the 7.2 branch), use

For Seti's applications, your building path starts at The autosetup script will of course require access to the rest of the system, to see if certain libraries are installed, as else you'll get error messages such as "Couldn't find a new-enough version of 'm4', please install one!";

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Questions and Answers : Unix/Linux : Compiling BOINC/Seti@Home for OpenBSD 5.3 Sparc64

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