Compiling 1.5.97 for FreeBSD

Robert Graham Merkel
Wed, 30 May 2001 00:08:43 +1000

On Tue, 29 May 2001 22:57:41 Matthew Condell wrote:
> Hi,
> I've just started trying to get 1.5.97 compiled on FreeBSD 4.3.
> Haven't had a chance to try out earlier releases in the 1.5.x
> series.
> I've had a couple of hangups so far:
> 1) in src/engine/Query.c
>    #include <sys/types.h>
>    needs to come before 
>    #include <regex.h>
>    not after it, since regex.h depends on types in sys/types.h
Yes, I think you're correct on that one.

> 2) I don't seem to have langinfo.h (needed at least by
>    src/engine/date.c anywhere on my system.
>    Which package does that come from?

That's part of GNU libc.  We use a function defined in it (nl_langinfo)
to find out the format string to be passed to strftime to generate a
date string in a locale-correct way.  

If FreeBSD's C library doesn't support this interface (or its equivalent), 
we could simply supply a non-localised format string.  
GnuCash would lose a little bit of localisation under FreeBSD, but,
hey, at least it would work.

> 3) Does anyone know of a BSD port of guppi?  It's not in the ports tree,
>    the source doesn't seem to compile out of the box for me and I don't
>    currently have the time to make it compile.  I'm just compiling
> gnucash
>    with the --disable-guppi flag, for now.

I don't know, I'm afraid.  Hopefully somebody will get it to work, as
guppi's graphs are a major feature of gnucash 1.6.

I'll patch 1) straight away, and a workaround for 2) shouldn't take long
either (mainly just getting the autoconf stuff right).  However, if you
can provide us with information about FreeBSD's interface to locale 
information, I can put a proper fix, which would be better.

Thanks for your interest.
Robert Merkel	                 

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