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I'd like to run a backup tool, duplicity, that apparently requires a cc compiler and binutils. I'm able to locate and install the required BSD packages for python, gcc, and dependencies from However, I can't find binutils.

How are binutils installed on a system like FreeNAS? I'm working with FreeNAS 0.70 (based on FreeBSD 7.2). I see several packages with binutils in the name, but it's not clear any of them are for my i386 platform.

e.g. I see i386-rtems-binutils-2.19.1, but I can't find any info that suggests this is correct for my platform. Google results mention it's for realtime systems.

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Have you already tried the solution offered to you on – fschmitt Oct 6 '10 at 7:00

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There is an extensive howto on how to get gcc and binutils running on a FreeBSD System at As you say FreeNAS is based on FreeBSD, this probably applies here, too. But keep in mind, that compiling complex software on an embedded system isn't much fun. Probably you will have more success by setting up a cross-compiler on your main system and compile there the software for you FreeNAS system. See for a howto on this.

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+1 for cross-compiling recommendation. – spoulson Oct 14 '10 at 12:40
Is there any reason why you keep constantly editing old postings with changes of one or two characters? This is really annoying because they aren't really active. Sorry, I know no better place then to comment here... – echox Oct 14 '10 at 13:14
Because I just realized there was a typo and so I fixed it because I care. What is wrong with it? Plus, I don't think I "keep constantly editing old postings". I don't think it have been more than 3 or 4 the last week. If there is more need to discuss this, let us move it over to a meta question. – fschmitt Oct 14 '10 at 17:01
The first link you give is dead. This is one of the reasons why we don't want links posted as answers. Could you include a summary of what it suggested in your answer? – terdon Jun 24 at 9:55

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