Archive for September, 2010

GNOME 2.32 is out.

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010
GNOME 2.32

(Design by Vinicius Depizzol)

It was a hectic day. GNOME 2.32, the last 2.x version, is out now! Big thanks to all the hackers, translators, bugsquadders, documentation writers, artists, marketing folks, ….

Personally I’m proud that our small translation team again managed to have 100% coverage.

The release notes might be a bit boring as most development is focused on GNOME 3.0 (April 2011), and there’s more than quite some work left to make 3.0 the awesome release that we all want to see. And by the way, module proposals period for GNOME 3.0 has started too.

Jhbuild’ing GNOME 3.0: No fun.

Sunday, September 19th, 2010

Hadn’t compiled GNOME for a while so I gave it a shot yesterday evening. I ran jhbuild build evolution which should build everything required for Evolution. I had a fresh and empty install directory.
I don’t post this to blame anybody but I wonder how many people give up at this stage and how many potential non-1337h4x0r5 contributors GNOME loses because of such build problems. Teh fun.

gtk+-3 and gtk+:

Problem: This atk bug.
Workaround: Edit /home/user/installdir/share/gir-1.0/Atk-1.0.gir by changing the line <repository version=”1.0″ to <repository version=”1.2″.


make[4]: Entering directory `/home/user/checkoutdir/gnutls-2.8.6/doc/examples’
/usr/bin/ld: ex-serv1.o: undefined reference to symbol ‘gcry_control@@GCRYPT_1.2′
/usr/bin/ld: note: ‘gcry_control@@GCRYPT_1.2′ is defined in DSO /home/user/installdir//lib/ so try adding it to the linker command line
/home/user/installdir//lib/ could not read symbols: Invalid operation
collect2: ld returned 1 exit status
make[4]: *** [ex-serv1] Error 1
Workaround: Edit doc/examples/ and change AM_LDFLAGS = -no-install to AM_LDFLAGS = -no-install -lgcrypt. See this bug report.


drbg.c: In function ‘RNG_RandomUpdate’:
drbg.c:510: error: size of array ‘arg’ is negative
drbg.c:513: warning: large integer implicitly truncated to unsigned type
make[4]: *** [Linux2.6_x86_glibc_PTH_OPT.OBJ/Linux_SINGLE_SHLIB/drbg.o] Error 1
make[4]: Leaving directory `/home/user/checkoutdir/nss-3.12.6/mozilla/security/nss/lib/freebl’
make[3]: *** [libs] Error 2
Workaround: Could not find any, hence ugly: Commented line 510.
Next problem: Now the next modules will fail with
/usr/bin/perl: /home/user/installdir/lib/ version `NSSRAWHASH_3.12.3′ not found (required by /lib/
Workaround: Tried adding #module_makeargs[‘nss’] = makeargs + ‘CFLAGS+=”-FREEBL_NO_DEPEND=1″‘ to ~/.jhbuildrc but that did not help. Just deleting the offending file /home/user/installdir/lib/ worked though (probably uses the system one in that case). Hmm.

NetworkManager (branch NETWORKMANAGER_0_7)

Problem: warning: AM_NLS is m4_require’d but not m4_defun’d
Workaround: See this thread.
Next problem:
checking for POLKIT… configure: error: Package requirements (polkit-dbus) were not met:
No package ‘polkit-dbus’ found
Workaround: jhbuild build PolicyKit (which will create the missing file /home/user/installdir/lib/pkgconfig/polkit-dbus.pc)


tclsh ./tool/mksqlite3h.tcl . >sqlite3.h
/bin/sh: tclsh: Command not found
make: *** [sqlite3.h] Error 127
Workaround: Using module_autogenargs[‘sqlite3′] = autogenargs + ‘ –disable-tcl’ in ~/.jhbuildrc did not work anymore, hence after reading the upstream bug report I grumpily installed TCL from the system repository.


In file included from html.c:32:
../gtkhtml/htmlengine.h:63: error: expected specifier-qualifier-list before ‘GdkGC’
html.c: In function ‘html_a11y_get_extents’:
html.c:321: error: ‘HTMLEngine’ has no member named ‘x_offset’
html.c:322: error: ‘HTMLEngine’ has no member named ‘y_offset’
make[2]: *** Error 1
make[2]: Leaving directory `/home/user/checkoutdir/gtkhtml/a11y’
Reason: GdkGC does not exist in GTK3 anymore, hence rendering needs porting to Cairo. Filed bug 630072 and gave up on this module.


GISCAN Avahi-0.6.gir
g-ir-scanner: warning: Option –strip-prefix has been deprecated;
see –identifier-prefix and –symbol-prefix.
AvahiCore-0.6.gir: Incompatible version 1.0 (supported: 1.2)
make[3]: *** [Avahi-0.6.gir] Error 1
make[3]: Leaving directory `/home/user/checkoutdir/avahi-0.6.27/avahi-gobject’
Reason: Old .gir format. I edited avahi-gobject/AvahiCore-0.6.gir and replaced <repository version=”1.0″ by <repository version=”1.2″, and in I replaced GOBJECT_INTROSPECTION_CHECK([0.6.7]) by GOBJECT_INTROSPECTION_CHECK([0.9.5]).
But that did not help – next problem:
GISCAN Avahi-0.6.gir
AssertionError: Failed to parse toplevel type
After finding the corresponding bug report I gave up on this module.

After all I couldn’t build evolution of course (No package ‘libgtkhtml-4.0′ found).
Not very productive, and right now I’m too annoyed to edit the JhbuildIssues wikipage.


Thursday, September 9th, 2010

Probably everybody who is interested in music has this list of bands in mind that s/he could never see in concert because they had split up too early.
In my case these have been Refused and Atari Teenage Riot.
After a hiatus of ten years the latter exist again (with a slightly different lineup as Carl has died and as Hanin can’t scream that much anymore).
Bought the ticket today and I’m pretty excited to finally see them live this weekend, after all those years, with some new material.