[kde-solaris] Re: KDE, Solaris, GCC, etc ...

Stefan Teleman steleman at nyc.rr.com
Fri Oct 1 14:03:10 CEST 2004

I have uploaded a complete and full set of patches, both in xdelta 
format, and as full source code files, for KDE 3.3.0. I have done the 
same for KDE 3.2.2, 3.2.1 and 3.1.4. These patches are publicly 
available for download from any KDE mirror. There are also shell 
scripts for Forte compiler flags, environment variables, a modified 
libtool sample which can be used to build any KDE module, and shell 
scripts for running configure with the right flags for all the KDE 

And now for a litttle bit of history: when i set out to work on KDE on 
Solaris, at the beginning of 2003, it was agreed, on this list, that 
i will port, build and maintain KDE for Solaris with the Sun 
compilers. If i remember correctly, a vote was taken to this effect, 
by the members of this list.

There is no point for me, nor do i have any interest, in building KDE 
on Solaris with GCC. There is no point because it's been done 
already, by many people, and because Sun provides KDE built with GCC 
on their Companion CD. There are many other places on the 'Net where 
anyone can download KDE on Solaris built with GCC. I see no need for 
yet another GCC build. It is not very difficult to build KDE with 

The point of building KDE with the Sun compilers is to show KDE, and 
Solaris, at their best. And because it is a very interesting project 
to work on, from a software engineering perspective. I don't believe 
that either of these two reasons apply when building with GCC. It's 
certainly not what i set out to do.



On Friday 01 October 2004 07:21, ken mays wrote:
> We know that you are very carefully porting kde to sparc arch,
> trying to keep all the functionalities working, so we would
> appreciate very much any help with this, if you could send us your
> patches, only referred to functionality, not fot SunCC porting. We
> have problems with kdesu, and the screen lock, would be very nice
> if we could really work as a team in this issues, as we dont have
> to much time to spend on this, and we arent skilled c coders.
> Jaime.
> --------------------->
> 1. Most of us are porting KDE to Solaris using GCC 3.3.x or 3.4.1.
> 2. Sun prefers developers to use Sun Studio 9 to port C/C++ to
> Solaris.
> 3. KDE.org should have volunteers designated to validate and test
> KDE compilation on Solaris 8/9/10 platforms using GCC. Post the
> results and configurations used to get a clean compile.
> 4. Solaris 10 isn't finalized yet, so if you get KDE 3.3.0 working
> on Solaris 10 then mentioned what build was used - as well as the
> compiler flags, GCC version, and any notes on getting a clean
> compile.
> 5. Some notes should be added for people wanting to compile KDE on
> Solaris 2.5.1 -> 2.7. Also notes for people wanting to compile KDE
> using Sun Studio 9. most of the information on the web is outdated
> from previous people porting KDE to Solaris.
> 6. Problems with GCC is that it changes ABI compatibility and you
> can compile things using GCC2 and then switch between GCC 3.4.2 and
> GCC 3.3.3. I haven't seen notes from anyone compiling KDE 3.3.0
> using GCC v2.95.3 or v3.4.2 as the compiler on a Solaris platform.
> Would be nice to see somewhere!!!!!!
> Just some notes to think about,
> Ken Mays
> (KDE maintainer/supporter at www.blastwave.org)
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Stefan Teleman          'Nobody Expects the Spanish Inquisition'
steleman at nyc.rr.com                          -Monty Python

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