Compiled some ia64 stuff at work. Basically I'm just trying to get a few simple tools going. dpkg compiles (mostly), except it depends on perl, which I don't yet have. perl in turns depend on gdbm.... then i decided I wanted to get wget to make it easier to download sources. Turns out you have to force a -D_GNU_SOURCE for wget to compile correctly (took me about 30 minutes to figure that out ): ). Well, wget depends on gettext, which uses libtool, which is just utterly stupid and refuses to work with ia64 without lots of tinkering...
Anyway, I was in the middle of compiling gettext when my connection died... <sigh> Fun stuff, eh?
oh, and apt also mostly compiles, except that there seems to be a g++ parsing bug upstream. Hopefully that'll get fixed soon.
Am looking into php more to see if we should do db.d.o-NG in perl or php. php makes things a bit simplier in some cases, but lacks strong encyption support (it seems). For perl, with the new IPC::SharedCache stuff we can probably make a more secured system, but I'm a bit worried about how to properly garbage collect stale entries (similar problems with doing this in php). I'd also like to figure out a way to do LDAP (and possibly some SQL backend) connection pooling either with PHP or mod_perl.... hm.... is it even possible?