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Re: Creating a GNUstep desktop on Solaris

From: Christian Plessl
Subject: Re: Creating a GNUstep desktop on Solaris
Date: Tue, 04 Jan 2005 17:15:49 +0100
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some further expereinces with setting up ad esktopnon a Solaris machine. I found sources for TextEdit.app and Terminal.app on http://www.nongnu.org/backbone.

    cd /usr/src
    export CVS_RSH="ssh"
    cvs address@hidden:/cvsroot/backbone co System

TextEdit.app built successfully. It can be started. Howver, when I try to create a new document the application crashes "Illegal Instruction (core dumped)". Is this platform related or should I douwnload the sources from anywhere else. I can't believe that a simple app like TextEdit.app is not yet stable.

Recently I compiled the whole gnustep environment (CVS checkout) on a Solaris 8 machine just for fun and to see whether the programming environment is comparable to Mac OS X.

When trying out a couple of applications, I've also had frequent "Illegal instruction" errors. Although the applications seemed to to run fine for some seconds or minutes and then suddenly crash with a 'illegal instruction' error.

I tried to investigate 'illegal instruction' problem a little more with the gdb debugger, but I failed to track down to the problem.

Another nasty problem that occured was, that the application windows suddenly disappear. Maybe they are hidden by the window manager (fvwm2 in my case) which makes gnustep gnustep applications nearly unusable with my setup.
But due to time constraints, I did not look any further into that.

Best regards,

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