[Digikam-users] Re: Compiling Issues (my version of the wheel)

DIL23 hex at blueyonder.co.uk
Sun Dec 19 17:48:43 GMT 2010

On Sunday 19 December 2010 17:36:53 Mark Greenwood wrote:
> On Sunday 19 Dec 2010 17:06:08 Hevï Guy wrote:
> > Thank-you everybody, for not taking too much offense at my rant. I can
> > see where "Newbie Fatigue" can get quite frustrating for those of you
> > who find this to be a second nature piece of cake. Yes, it will probably
> > do us good to experience similar wounds as the experts had when they
> > jumped through the same flaming barbed wire hoops . The problem for many
> > of us Newbs is that because we don't come from the same Computer World,
> > our wounds can be quite fatal since we don't even know which hoops to
> > jump through. If we're lucky enough we can continue to scour the
> > internet, pickling up bits and pieces of instructions, here and there.
> > Unfortunately, many times, the information is conflicting and we end up
> > in a pit somewhere, unable to climb out and left calling for help.
> >
> > My problem during my most-recent journey was finding all of the right
> > dependencies. The instructions on the digiKam site were not very clear
> > on this. Yes, links to other relevant pages and text files were there,
> > but there wasn't a single source where all of this information was then
> > aggregated for final consumption. This left me guessing at what I had to
> > do next. Even if some of the dependencies that I uncovered were correct
> > versions, I had no idea where to install them. I think that rather than
> > relating all of the steps along the often-tortuous path that we've taken
> > before finally falling into the pit, it would be so much easier if,
> > right from the start, we had a concise "master map" to follow. Then, if
> > we do something stupid, it would probably be much less frustrating (!)
> > for those volunteers who have successfully navigated these pitfalls to
> > pull us through the rest of the way.
> >
> > I think that I've finally found such a detailed map:
> > http://www.digikam.org/drupal/download/SvnAlongStable (thank you very
> > much, Mike Hansen!). Since this is Ubuntu-specific rather than the
> > Fedora instructions graciously provided earlier by Christian (thanks
> > again Christian!), I should be able follow it a little easier. I'll go
> > along, step-by-step, and see where it takes me. Hopefully I won't have
> > to bother you all again.
> >
> > * I now understand that a big part of the problem is Ubuntu's glacial
> > pace at providing updated packages. I also understand that this is why
> > it's necessary to "roll one's own" from a number of individual sources.
> > What I don't understand is why everybody is forced to do this, thus
> > reinventing the wheel. Why, along with the source files, isn't there an
> > option to simply download and install a single tarball with everything
> > already included? Yeah, it's a weanie desire not to want to slog through
> > the quagmire that the initial inventor traversed but, it sure would make
> > life much simpler ;-)
> Some hints for Ubuntu users:
> sudo apt-get build-dep digikam  (installs all dependencies for building
> digikam)
> apt-get source digikam    (gets the source code for the ubuntu digikam
> package - easiest thing to do if all you want to do is rebuild it against a
> new library) dpkg-buildpackage -rfakeroot -uc -b  (builds the .deb package
> from the source you just retrieved)
> sudo add-apt-repository ppa:philip5/extra
> sudo apt-get update
> sudo apt-get upgrade      (sets up a repository with, amongst other things,
> the latest and greatest digikam and kipi-plugins)
> All found via Google. Happy holidays ;-)
> Mark
> > Happy Holidays!
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That looks VERY helpful - thank you Mark!

Happy Holidays all :)


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