[Digikam-users] digikam 4.9.0 binary packages for OS X

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Thu Apr 16 19:51:17 BST 2015

I have assembled two digikam 4.9.0 binary packages for OS X, including
external MySQL database support. They were made using bash/python scripts
to build it from MacPorts in a a virtual machine. One was built with a
+debug variant, the other isn't.

I've seen regular requests for OS X binary packages on the web page and
this list, as well as complaints about the length/complexity/reliability of
building digikam with MacPorts. So I figure I should share -- if you would
like to test them, email me directly and I'll send you a link.

I'm not posting links to the list for two reasons. First, I don't want
someone to just grab and install binary packages, expecting a stable,
official digikam release, instead of a risky bastardized derivation that
I've cobbled together. I'm not a coder. This is my first crack at packaging
a MacOS application. The build/package scripts include "rm -rf" but not
error checking.  My testing has been limited to opening digikam and
showfoto, looking through my photos, and some photo manipulations.  Some
photographs I rotated using my digikam 4.0.0 package were corrupted -- I
don't know if that was due to my packaging. Anyone who is testing the
packages or scripts should be very cautious -- back up the photos and the
computer it's running on, test it in a VM, etc..

Second, I don't think I'll have time to properly support OS X binary
releases. From what I can tell, properly scripting this build and package
process would have been be simple for someone who knows what they're
doing.  Due obligations and lack of skill, it's taken me over a year of
intermittent work to make my clumsy scripts. I likely won't have time or
skill to fix problems. If you notice something's not right (e.g. why won't
the packaged versions use Aqua widgets?) you'll have to investigate and fix
it yourself (then share the answer hopefully).

All that said, email me off-list if you understand my cautions and are
interested in testing -- and improving upon -- what I've put together.

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