Compiling vim on Solaris

The following notes detail my attempts to compile vim 6.3 on Sparc Solaris 2.6, Solaris 7, and Solaris 8 systems using the gcc compiler.

Solaris 2.6

I cannot successfully compile vim 6.3 on a Solaris 2.6 system. Sunfreeware has a vim package for this platform; you will also need to download and install the Sunfreeware glib and gtk+ packages to use the Sunfreeware vim package.

Solaris 7

vim 6.3 compiles successfully using the standard ./configure;make;make install procedure on 32-bit Solaris 7 systems using the gcc compiler.

isainfo -bv
32-bit sparc applications
isainfo -kv
32-bit sparc kernel modules

Solaris 8

I received the following errors when compiling vim on a 64-bit Solaris 8 system:

Starting make in the src directory.

If there are problems, cd to the src directory and run make there
cd src && make first
make[1]: Entering directory `/home/snetadm/vim/vim63/src'
gcc -c -I. -Iproto -DHAVE_CONFIG_H -DFEAT_GUI_MOTIF  -I/usr/dt/include   -g -O2        -o objects/buffer.o buffer.c
In file included from buffer.c:29:
vim.h:40: parse error before ':' token
In file included from os_unix.h:21,
                 from vim.h:195,
                 from buffer.c:29:
/usr/local/lib/gcc-lib/sparc-sun-solaris2.8/3.2.2/include/stdio.h:241: parse error before "__gnuc_va_list"
make[1]: *** [objects/buffer.o] Error 1
make[1]: Leaving directory `/home/snetadm/vim/vim63/src'
make: *** [first] Error 2

isainfo -bv
64-bit sparcv9 applications
isainfo -kv
64-bit sparcv9 kernel modules

To successfully compile vim on a 64-bit Solaris 8 system, use the -m64 flag with gcc to generate code for a 64-bit environment:

CC="gcc -m64" ./configure
make install

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