Squeak 4.6 – Installation on 32bit FreeBSD 10.3 (i386)

On 32bit

  • FreeBSD 10.3
  • FreeBSD 11.0

the binary squeak package DOES NOT work out of the box.

See for yourself:


pkg install squeak

to install the binary package and its dependencies.


cp /usr/local/lib/squeak/S* .

to copy the image, changes and sources files to the current directory.


squeak Squeak4.6-15102.image

to attempt starting  squeak.


CHECKING squeakvm
Illegal instruction (core dumped)

is what you get.

This will have created a core file.
Please note that the creation of the core file can take several minutes
on slow hardware as its size is over 1GB. While creating the core file
the squeakvm process is unkillable.

So what can you do?

You  can switch to the 64bit version of FreeBSD 10.3.

Or you can compile the squeak port from sources – with optimizations disabled and/or with debugging information enabled.


portsnap fetch
portsnap expand

to install the ports collection.


pkg install cmake
pkg install v4l-utils
pkg install pkgconf

to install squeak build dependencies.


cd /usr/ports/lang/squeak
setenv CFLAGS -O0
make install


cd /usr/ports/lang/squeak
setenv WITH_DEBUG yes
make install

should get you a working 32bit Squeak VM.

So type

squeak Squeak4.6-15102.image

to start  squeak.


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