[PD-dev] Re: [GEM-dev] pdextended autobuild august 10th 2006

Hans-Christoph Steiner hans at eds.org
Fri Aug 11 18:41:32 CEST 2006

On Aug 11, 2006, at 4:37 AM, IOhannes m zmölnig wrote:

> Hans-Christoph Steiner wrote:
>> On Aug 10, 2006, at 4:23 PM, B. Bogart wrote:
>>> I see that "Gem" is not in the extended release, I guess due to  
>>> the  gem
>>> build issues.
>>> Since the ftgl and freetype libs don't change much should they  
>>> just be
>>> compilied manually and copied onto the compile farm? Looks like  
>>> the  OSX
>>> gem terminal build is pretty close to being ready according to   
>>> IOhannes.
>> CVS or native-OS package management are the only options for the  
>> auto- build farm.  FTGL and FreeType should just be checked into  
>> CVS, i.e.  GemLibs, if they are not included in Fink/Debian/Fedora  
>> Core
> honestly i do not see a reason why _i_ should have to go through  
> all the troubles to make FTGL compile from the command line on a  
> platform that does not natively support this.

We are talking about managing files on 10+ machines running Windows,  
Mac OS X 10.3 and 104, and Ubuntu, Fedora Core, and Debian, on  
PowerPC and x86.  I have better things to do that track down all this  
stuff and build it from source.

> i _do_ have managed to build FTGL via autoconf/make, but it is not  
> the _official_ way to build it and the build might have issues  
> (e.g. i used the X11 openGL which might not be such a good idea in  
> general).
> building freetype2 on os-x via autoconf is pretty easy, but (afaik)  
> it _needs_ to be "install"ed in order to function properly, which  
> involves privileges i would not grant on an autobuild farm. (i  
> might be wrong here though)
> the simplest way i could think of (in terms of maintainability) is  
> to provide binary GemLibs packages for special platforms:
> e.g. GemLibs/lib/ftgl.a
> and  GemLibs/include/freetype2/
> so we just need to add "-I${GEMLIBS}/include" and "-L${GEMLIBS}/ 
> lib" to the default make-flags.
> another possibility would be to not have FTGL-support on the  
> autobuilt Gem (after all font-rendering is really an optional  
> feature).

Another option, which I think would be the best use of time, would be  
to make packages for the various OS's.  I think Debian might have  
FTGL packages already, and Fink is a Debian derivative, so a Fink  
package should be pretty easy to do.  I don't know about Fedora Core,  
but Nando expressed interest in making packages for dependencies for  



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