From: Andrew Dunbar (email@example.com)
Date: Thu Sep 26 2002 - 01:28:10 EDT
I'm sure I can find most of these answers if I search
hard enough but I think we might benefit from
discussing it here so we can fix the build docs that
come with AbiWord.
I've just got my new machine and installed Windows
2000 with Visual Studio 6 and cygwin; and Red Hat 7.3.
First I looked for nightly source tarballs.
Has a heading "Nightly source" but it's actually for
I found and downloaded nightly source tarballs here:
It's a handy site Jeremy but at least in the separate
tarballs some things are missing. Most important is
fribidi. But there are also other sections in CVS
which don't have tarballs here. I didn't check the
all-in-one tarball. You might want to check this out
and bring it up to date.
Marc's page here:
also seems to be missing fribidi and other stuff from
CVS in his "AbiWord Source Packages" section.
I can't find any useful mention in the build docs as
to what I need as far as fribidi - do I need a special
version, must I use the CVS one? My Red Hat 7.3
doesn't even seem to come with fribidi.
I also couldn't find anything regarding freetype,
pango, xft, and fontconfig. Do I need any special
libraries for these? Do I need special versions? Do
the needs differ between building on Linux/Unix and
Is the new mingw32 build documented somewhere?
What do I need for this build? How is it related to
I seem to recall there being project and/or workspace
files for Visual Studio. Did I imagine this, have
they been removed, or where can I find them?
Can we even currently build AbiWord within Visual
Studio? Is the cygwin + Visual C++ compiler still
the usual way to build under Windows or has the
way replaced it?
Does autogen + configure work for cygwin at all?
Should the documentation specifically say that it
doesn't work? nextgen seemed to work for
"abiword-plugins" for me, but autgen didn't work for
"abi". autogen + configure give me these errors on
autogen : possibly undefined macro dnl
configure : line 1: OS_RELEASE command not found
PKG_CHECK_MODULES not defined
make clean; make realclean; make - without using
autogen and configure starts to work usign the VC++
compiler but ends this way:
make : zlib : Cannot open compiler generated file
Building on Linux fails for me because I don't have
I'm sure I've overlooked some things which are in the
documentation so please forgive me. Let's try to get
the docs in the tarball, the docs on the website and
the build systems in sync. Hope this is taken in the
constructive way I meant it (:
Also if anybody has some tips on trying to hack
and keep somewhat up-to-date with CVS without an
internet conneciton on my machine, I'd really
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