On each section it is reported a rough description of the issues met while building the ADG on that specific platform. The eventual commands reported should be taken with a grain of salt; they are shown only for reference purpose and as a copy&paste commodity. Your distribution could be totally different from the one used in the test.


adg-demo 0.6.0 running on Arch linux 64

Actually the ADG is developed on this platform, so there should be no problems in building either from a tarball or from a fresh git checkout. Just fulfill the requirements and follow the usual instructions (./autogen to regenerate the build system from a git clone and ./configure && make && sudo make install to build and install). GObject introspection and gtk-doc documentation are included in the tarball, so there is no need to rebuild them.

The screenshot is taken from adg-demo running on an Arch linux 64 distribution with the murrine GTK+ engine, a custom set of icons based on the nuvola theme and the OpenBox window manager.


adg-demo 0.6.0 running on FreeBSD 8

Some build component, specifically the i18n part and the shave tool, requires GNU make so gmake must be used instead of make. This means the only mayor difference from a GNU/Linux system is the use of a csh based shell instead of GNU bash.

Keeping the build compatible with FreeBSD is a matter of not relying on bashism. This gives the advantage that the ADG could be easily included as-is in the FreeBSD port system.

As from version 0.6.3, there are no known issues on FreeBSD: either the tarball and a git checkout build fine and all the tests pass successfully, making this a good platform for ADG development.

For convenience here are the commands used to build the ADG on FreeBSD:

su -
pkg_add -r gnome2-lite gtk-doc autotools
git clone git://adg.git.sourceforge.net/gitroot/adg/adg

FreeBSD does not come with a set of packages preselected: it is a minimal distribution with tons of customization variants. The above commands work for a FreeBSD 8.2 installed with the Development category preselected.


Open solaris

adg-demo 0.6.0 running on OpenSolaris 2009.6

ADG builds just fine from a tarball and from a git checkout. As in FreeBSD, the make check target does not pass because of the same mathematical rounding problems.

OpenSolaris is another viable platform for ADG development purpose. Resolved the rounding problem it would be as effective as a GNU/Linux platform.

In the following, the commands used on a bare OpenSolaris 2009.6 installation to build and run adg-demo from a fresh git checkout. OpenSolaris does not provide a standard automake and aclocal binary, so they must be explicitely set using the proper environment variable at configure time:

pfexec pkg install SUNWgit SUNWgcc \
    SUNWlibtool SUNWaconf SUNWgnu-automake-110 \
    SUNWgnome-common-devel SUNWxorg-headers
git clone git://adg.git.sourceforge.net/gitroot/adg/adg
cd adg
AUTOMAKE=automake-1.10 ACLOCAL=aclocal-1.10 ./autogen.sh

Open indiana

This operating system seems to be a sane continuation of the now dead OpenSolaris project.

With some minor differences, the OpenSolaris instructions also applies here. For reference, the following commands have been used to compile a fresh git checkout of the ADG with the SunStudio C compiler:

git clone git://adg.git.sourceforge.net/gitroot/adg/adg
cd adg
CC=/opt/SunStudioExpress/bin/cc AUTOMAKE=automake-1.10 ACLOCAL=aclocal-1.10 ./autogen.sh

There are still some test failing, though. More investigation is required...


The current build system is able to cross-compile the project from a properly configured GNU/Linux system and build an installer using the NSis tool. A couple of wrappers under the build directory are provided for building win32 and/or win64 binaries. The actual system used for generating the installer on SourceForge is based on the Fedora MinGW w64 toolchain ported to Archlinux.

Binaries got by cross-compilation can either be tested on GNU/Linux by using wine. I'm investigating the possibility to use wine also for testing purpose (make distcheck).

adg-demo 0.6.0 on Windows XP

Previously, the old porting to Windows XP (and other win32 based platforms) has been performed by using the MinGW32 environment. Building was done directly on a windows system, a poor choice for a project based on autotools, making it a suboptimal platform for ADG development purpose. The last easy-to-install package, MSys-1.0.11, did not provide the minimum autotools required so only source tarballs could be compiled in this way. Furthermore the building process was painfully slow.

The adg-demo shown in the screenshot has been built natively on a Windows XP platform by installing:

  1. MinGW 5.1.6
  2. MSys 1.0.11
  3. MSys Core 1.0.12
  4. MSys Development Toolkit 1.0.1
  5. GTK+ 2.16.6 all-in-one bundle