Posting back to the list.
On 28 May 2012 18:25, Liviu Andronic <liv-public@...> wrote:
> Hey Ishmael
> On Mon, 28 May 2012 00:52:56 +0200, Ishmael Turner <
> ishmael.turner@...> wrote:
>> The problem I had was that most of the cross-compiling information I found
>> assumed Autoconf and Automake. So I faced the prospect of learning the
>> Autotools first and then learning (and possibly fixing) Autojam before I
>> could even start a build. I did an Automake based build instead, to reduce
>> the number I things I had to learn. I used a patched copy of MXE (
>> http://mxe.cc/) to build all the dependencies. I patched the audio code
>> that the Windows build would use OpenAL. The build failed on the link step
>> (some pkg-config problem), and I had to cobble together my own link call
>> GCC, but I got an executable out of it.
>> Hmm, I wasn't expecting that there would be so many complications here.
It took me awhile to figure out the autotools mindset mostly! And I tried
to re-invent the wheel and cross-compile the dependent libraries myself,
MXE was a big time saver, once I found it.
> I tested the executable under Wine, XP, and Vista and it worked! I
>> installed manually by copying the data folder next to the executable's
>> location. I haven't worked on the MSI yet, and I may use NSIS instead.
>> ZIP would be fine at first.
>> Yes, with proper installation instructions a ZIP would do just fine. I
> propose that we start small: come up with a working binary (which it seems
> you already did), label it 'experimental' and release it in the wild. Those
> needing Win binaries will be happy, and we waive responsibility. :)
I've given up trying to upload to SF, it's just too slow tonight. See if
you can pick it up from here:
- Create C:\Program Files\Trigger Rally (or C:\Program Files (x86) on
- Copy trigger.exe from the link above into the new folder
- Download the latest data from SF
- Unpack the data into the new folder. Do not keep the 'data' top level
folder, that is, you should have 'events', 'maps', 'textures' etc. directly
in the Trigger Rally folder.
- Optionally create a shortcut.
Then you should be able to start trigger.exe.
> I have got a few things to do before I can release it, the main issue is
>> make the build repeatable, since it depends on my PC's setup. I have to
>> the final linking step.
> Could you send me the binaries so that I could give it a spin?
> And, it would be good if the Automake build could
>> Do we have 'automake'? I thought we were with 'waf'? Oh, I realized that
> 'automake' is part of your personal hackings.
Yes that's right, I created a personal build using Autoconf and Automake.
The official build system is Autoconf and Autojam. I quite like jam as
build tool but I don't understand the Jamfiles well enough to know if any
failures in the cross-compile are bugs in Autojam or problems in our build
scripts, or the cross-compile configuration. There is a lot more
documentation for Automake so I stuck with that.
> support native Linux, mingw cross builds on Linux, and mingw builds on
>> Windows, and native OSX.
>> Yes, that would be cool. As soon as we have a recipe that I understand,
> I could take care of the packaging for future releases.
> I had expected that I would have time for Trigger a few weeks ago but my
>> personal life intervened and realistically I doubt I'll have time over the
>> next few weeks.
> Good luck with that! I'm also a bit busy myself.
> I might be able to upload my repository to Gitorous if
>> there is any interest in looking at my Autotools branch.
> Yes, that would be nice, I think. Maybe Jasmine could take a look at it,
I've created a repository on Gitorious:
The 'autotools' branch has my build work, there is some documentation but
it is only first draft material. I can't remember, but I hope there is
nothing embarrassing in it! The master branch is the SVN branch.
Give it a few hours before you try downloading it though. It is still
uploading as of when I sent this mail. 40 KiB/s up, can you believe.
> I'll see if I can
>> upload the executable I have from the only successful build so far to SF
>> Along with installation instructions, that would be great.