[scribus] Setting up to build from scratch (XP32)

Gregory Pittman gregp_ky at yahoo.com
Sat Jul 16 14:15:21 UTC 2011

On 07/16/2011 07:42 AM, Mike wrote:
> Hi guys
> It's about time I started to contribute so I decided to attempt a build
> from svn ('trunk' aka 1.5.0) on Windows XP (32 bit).
> (Once I've suceeded with that I'll also try XP64 and a couple of Linux
> flavours - eg Debian and Redhat)
> I found the instructions in the BUILDING_win2.txt file very complicated
> and in some parts misleading, so I think it would be good to provide
> some new improved instructions to make the process simpler. In
> particular the list of dependancies and guidance on installing them.
> I've had to go 'off-script' and I'm carefully recording the steps I go
> through and compiling a detailed set of notes to help anyone attempting
> this task. Having built successfully I intend to review the steps and
> reduce them to the minimum.
> Before 'publishing' my notes I have a few observations and questions.
> Please respond if you have answers or can give reasoning behind some of
> the quirks.
> 1. The instructions refer to Jean Ghali's Visual studio projects being
> more stable than using CMAKE, but then the instructions go on to
> describe using CMAKE to prepare the VS project?
> 2. However I found the CMAKE instructions (in build.cmd script) to be
> packed with difficult issues so I reverted to the vc9 project from svn.
> This route seems much easier. However the vsprops has hard-coded paths
> based on "F:\Libraries-vc9" whereas the instrcutions recommend
> installing the libraries in "C:\developer\lib"
> 3. BUILDING_win2.txt recommends "A recent Qt 4.3 snapshot built with
> Visual Studio 8 2005". I downloaded QT 4.5.3 - as the only version for
> which I could find source code only. Unfortunately, Scribus uses the
> QT's UniqueConnection property which was first created in version 4.6. I
> now know to download the windows installer version of 4.7.3.
> 4. BUILDING_win2.txt specifies "- PoDoFo 0.5.0 (and ONLY 0.5.0) sources
> from podofo.sourceforge.net"
> I note from the vsprops file that Jean has been building against
> podofo-0.8.2. I am attempting with 0.9.1.
> 5. Some scribus source files have an include link for tiffio.h as
> #include "tiffio.h"
> whereas I would have thought we should have
> #include <tiffio.h>
> the first didn't work for me whereas the second, not surprisingly found
> the header file.
> As I write this I am still attempting to fix my first build, but when
> I've succeeded I'll follow up with a post containing my initial
> recommendations. This will include exact links of where to download the
> dependency libraries using versions that work for my compilation.
> Then I guess it'll be up to me (if I can obtain commit privileges to
> SVN) to update the BUILDING_win2.txt file.

Even without that, if you get this working, you might append the wiki 
page on building on Windows with your experience.



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