Developing on the ReadyNAS: The right Config

One reason why I like the ReadyNAS products from Netgear is that they’re basically Linux system. That means in theory I can compile and use all the stuff that’s out there in the Open Source. In reality, this sometimes isn’t just that easy. Especially on the NV/NV+/Duo/1100.

That’s because some projects still use very old versions of

config.guess

and

config.sub

to determine the system they are being compiled on. You will recognize such applications by the error “unknown system type” when trying to compile them on your ReadyNAS. But this can be fixed easily.

{openx:6}

All you have to do is to replace the files

config.guess

and

config.sub

with newer versions. You can get the most recent versions right from the GNU config git repository.
As an alternative, I’ve put up the versions I’m using on ReadyNASfreeware.org. You’ll find them in their own project named NAS-Config. Until now, they worked like a charm for me and I found that newer versions did not work for me at all. I’ll keep trying newer versions, but for the time being, I’ll stick to the ones linked to above.