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Re: Noob testing on Win32....

--- Nick Fisher <Nick@nickdafish.com> wrote:
> > > Hummmm.....
> > > I'm afraid I use Gentoo (Not Debian) and I don't use X.
> > you dont need x to help test compile, that is the great thing.
> > It could even be automated.
> Except I'm going to be missing stacks of libs.... no?

We are building from scratch. libiconv does not need any other libs.

> > Ahh, can you try installing the debian source packages under
> gentoo?
> > there must be way to convert, I will look into that.
> Havn't a clue. I think their quite different, Gentoo uses BSD style
> ports
> called ebuilds rather than packages. Maybe I can install the debian
> package manager but everything is probbaly going to be in the wrong
> places. 

I have a create minimal standalone debian directory structure,
you can use that to install into. just get dpkg and debhelpers running.
it does not matter where the stuff is installed into,
we use /usr/local/win32 as the root.

> Gentoo is conforms to FSH 1.1 but not your standard RedHat
> SystemV
> stuff.

Ok, I will alien the packages into targz.

> > I will look if there 
> > > I also don't
> > > have
> > > the time to get into cygwin in the depth I suspect I would need
> too
> > > :(
> > > Sorry. Is there any straight up Win32 testing I can help with?
> > Maybe you can alien out the exes and libs for testing?
> Maybe if I knew what alien was..... it looks like some sort of
> packaging tool.
a package converter for debian, it can take debs and convert them to

> > yes, you can get the debs, and somehow extract the files or wait
> and
> > someone who has debian can extract and publish them.
> > 
> > that would be a great test. Mike garnsey has reported that he can
> even
> > replace the DLLs of the libxml that he as built under debian
> > with the installed DIA under windows and it works.
> EH? Are you saying that you can take the debian binarys and use them
> as
> Win32 Dlls?!?!? That would be cool......

err, the cross compiler produces windowsdlls.
This project is to create windows executables under linux,
and make it easy to do.

> > This would even be a great test, I will have to think about it,
> > but we could install the libs + headers of the ports that hans and
> tor
> > have been working on, and then use them to fake the environment of
> each
> > debian package individually. That would make it possible to port
> all of
> > the packages at the same time. Kinda like resolving the problem in
> > parallel.
> > 
> > What do you think?
> I'm not 100% on what your going on about but in theory I'm in. If all
> else
> fails I can set up annother Gentoo machine just for this (I think we
> have
> one around) but we are wandering into parts of Linux I've only
> dabbled in.
> I was trained as a C coder many moons ago on a BSD system and I'm a
> NT/Win2k MCSE. My Unix admin skills are purely from my spare time
> goofing
> off. I recon I can put a few hours a week into a bit of Dia testing
> but
> you may have to give me links and help on the tools I've not used
> before
> (Like alien). In all it sounds like fun. Let me know.....

ok, please try and get the debian tools running, maybe you can make a
small debain partition?


James Michael DuPont

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