I'm trying to build the PHP memcache extension (v2.2.6) for i386 (32bit) on my x86_64 Ubuntu 11.04.

./configure uses config.guess by default (which outputs x86_64-unknown-linux-gnu on my system) but I want to override that.

How would I have to proceed?

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You need two things to cross-compile: a compiler that can generate code for the target architecture, and the static libraries (*.a) for the target architecture. Install at least the libc6-dev-i386 Install libc6-dev-i386 packages, and possibly other lib32.*-dev packages. The libc6-dev-i386 also pulls in the components of gcc needed for cross-compilation in the gcc-multilib package Install gcc-multilib. Then tell gcc to compile for i386 by passing it the -m32 flag through the CFLAGS variable.

sudo apt-get install libc6-dev-i386 lib32ncurses5-dev … # whatever 32-bit libraries you need
export CFLAGS='-m32'
./configure …

If you don't find all the libraries you need, it'll probably be easier to install a 32-bit Ubuntu in a chroot. Ubuntu ships dchroot Install dchroot from the Debian buildd project, which makes running a chrooted system easy. Use debootstrap Install debootstrap to perform the installation. There's a reasonable-looking dchroot tutorial on the Ubuntu forums.


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