[Haskell-cafe] Can't build Gtk2hs on Windows

Daniel Kahlenberg d.kahlenberg at googlemail.com
Thu May 5 15:36:12 CEST 2011


thanks for adopting party.


2011/5/5 Ryan Yates <fryguybob at gmail.com>:
> Daniel,
> Nice summery.  I think one of the difficult issues is my "patch" in
> http://hackage.haskell.org/trac/gtk2hs/ticket/1203 is something worthy
> of scare quotes.  I'm not a Cabal developer and I have no clue what
> the implications of that change are.  For all I know things would
> cease working on Linux with the patch applied.  I think it is sane,
> but to verify that would require me to know a lot more about Cabal's
> workings then I have time to do.  Cabal-dev addresses this nicely in
> that it isolates the unknowns.  The global workaround is bad because
> it is even less isolated but has the benefit that you do not have to
> patch the setups.
> Another issue is that the gtk2hs Trac makes you login as guest.  As
> such, I can't add myself to the CC list and this makes it is hard to
> tell how many people are running into this issue.  Similarly the
> gtk2hs website being down makes it look like gtk2hs is dead.  I know
> that it is in all likelihood down due to the server switch
> (http://www.haskell.org/pipermail/haskell-cafe/2011-February/088829.html).
>  The Trac issue is probably due to an updated version of Trac changing
> how CC field is set.
> All of these little (very understandable) things compound the issue
> and frustrate people.  It is a good sign that people are expecting
> things to work and the issues in the way are small.  There are just
> too few people with the means to fix those small issues, but I'm glad
> they do the work they do.
> I'm also sending this to the gtk2hs list to see if it can get some
> traction there.
> Ryan
> On Thu, May 5, 2011 at 4:25 AM, Daniel Kahlenberg
> <d.kahlenberg at googlemail.com> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> I have no spaces in my GTK installation path (h:\gtk+ there is no
>> other gtk+, zlib1.dll etc. in my search path). The "patch"
>> http://hackage.haskell.org/trac/gtk2hs/ticket/1203 is easier handled
>> when using the cab/cabal-dev combination as I described here:
>> http://article.gmane.org/gmane.comp.lang.haskell.cafe/88022, although
>> this is no long-term solution, I agree.
>> (I don't agree to let users require to install more or less arbitrary
>> packages globally as long as a separation of permissions is reasonable
>> for complex systems. Don't get me wrong: I would respect the advice if
>> I had other information but I'm even not convinced.)
>> The problem persists anyhow - with all backend gtk versions I tried -
>> that building certain packages depending on the bundled cairo package,
>> fail with a "unknown symbol `_cairo_image_surface_get_data'" error
>> message
>> The full description and bug tracing so far I described here:
>> http://groups.google.com/group/haskell-charts/msg/9c8e4420b517c4f7
>> (also here http://osdir.com/ml/glasgow-haskell-users@haskell.org/2011-04/msg00007.html).
>> All in all I even thought about replacing/augmenting the gtk+ calls in
>> e. g. timeplot code by wx calls or something like that to have a
>> chance to use these nice tools on windows too, to circumvent
>> regression on parallel installs of legacy ghc versions, have no idea
>> either ;) Maybe an API comparison table in the WIKI might help here.
>> GTK versions I sampled (all three with ghc-7.0.3, the first one also
>> with ghc-7.0.2), yielding overall the same results:
>> http://ftp.acc.umu.se/pub/GNOME/binaries/win32/gtk+/2.22/gtk+-bundle_2.22.1-20101227_win32
>> http://ftp.acc.umu.se/pub/gnome/binaries/win32/glade3/3.6/glade3-3.6.7-with-GTK+.exe
>> http://ftp.acc.umu.se/pub/gnome/binaries/win32/gtk+/2.24/ with the
>> bundled tools manually installed using the components.lst file from
>> the -2.22.1-* bundle as a reference.
>> The http://hackage.haskell.org/trac/gtk2hs/ticket/1209 issue is valid
>> for older gtk versions (until around 2.16) only and can be bypassed by
>> adding -f-have-gio, enabling the non-gio build at least.
>> I agree that it is possibly a windows only specific issue. Might even
>> relate to my mingw+msys setup, although I explicitly used the
>> mingw-get tool to install the whole build environment. Possibly the
>> patching hack (http://hackage.haskell.org/trac/gtk2hs/ticket/1203) is
>> an issue factor itself if it lead to incompatible situation.
>> Greets
>> Daniel
>> 2011/5/5 Albert Y. C. Lai <trebla at vex.net>:
>>> Just 5 weeks ago,
>>> http://thread.gmane.org/gmane.comp.lang.haskell.cafe/86738/focus=87456
>>> Did anyone see it?
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