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[Gcl-devel] Re: Successful build of gcl269pre-ANSI on WinXP(32) -- how I

From: Donald Winiecki
Subject: [Gcl-devel] Re: Successful build of gcl269pre-ANSI on WinXP(32) -- how I was ultimately successful, BUT problems with *info* files in REPL
Date: Mon, 4 Apr 2011 17:42:27 -0600

Hi Camm,

All worked well with the info files when first set up 2.6.8 pre on my
machine last August.

I don't believe it is the build but rather the files themselves --
they appear to be munged on the server.  When I copy the info files I
archived last summer into an appropriate directory path, they work



On Mon, Apr 4, 2011 at 9:31 AM, Camm Maguire <address@hidden> wrote:
> Greetings, and thanks for the great news of your report!
> I concur that the most likely explanation of your results is a
> vistafication of your xp boxes.  In any case, clearly a build tool
> issue outside of gcl's control, now thankfully resolved, apparently.
> All that remains apparently is your info issue.  Here is what I get in
> a freshly built tree after a successful (help 'cons):
> ("/home/camm/debian/gcl/gcl-2.6.8pre/info/" "/" "/usr/info/"
>  "/usr/local/lib/info/" "/usr/local/info/" "/usr/local/gnu/info/"
>  "/usr/share/info/")
> The path (concatenate 'string si::*lib-directory* "info") should be
> prepended to si::*info-paths* at first invocation of the info system.
> If you could report your results, we can see why this is not happening
> for you.  Please note that when installing a built tree elsewhere, the
> utility function si::reset-sys-paths must be used to get things in
> sync in their new locations.  The Debian gcl package does this
> automatically.  make install should too, but if you are building a
> windows installer, then I really don't know what is right.
> Really close now!
> Take care,
> Donald Winiecki <address@hidden> writes:
>> Hi all!
>> Over the past several weeks I have been working to create a native
>> WinXP (32 bit) build of the current gcl268pre.  Up until last night I
>> had been unsuccessful on four separate machines running WinXP either
>> natively or under emulation (through Sun's/Oracle's VirtualBox).
>> Building the CLtL1 variant had never been a problem.
>> I was finally successful after installing the build tools following my
>> directions for preparing to build GCL on WinVista.  I have tried and
>> had success on three of the four machines that previously failed a
>> gcl268pre-ANSI build (I haven't yet tried on the fourth machine).
>> Paranoid as I am, I normally keep all Windows operating systems up to
>> date with patches from Microsoft and right now I'm guessing (and it's
>> just that, a guess) that some recent patches from Microsoft for WinXP
>> have put code or operating characteristics from WinVista into WinXP.
>> This may (hypothetically) account for my inability to build
>> gcl268pre-ANSI natively on an up-to-date installation of WinXP.
>> But even with this, I and one other user have experienced trouble
>> getting the current *info* file package to operate inside the GCL
>> REPL.  It would always complain about broken access to the info
>> file(s).  At the very bottom of this message is the result of
>> attempting to invoke (help 'cons) from the REPL.
>> HOWEVER, I was successful in getting the info files to operate inside
>> the REPL by copying info files from a several-month-old installation
>> of GCL on another machine, into the proper directory structure and
>> replacing the info files currently posted on the GCL project's
>> website.
>> The info files currently posted on the GCL project's website do not
>> extract properly.  When extracting the files, I receive an error
>> "There are data after the end of archive" (I'm using the open source
>> version of 7-zip to extract them on my WinXP machine). Perhaps others
>> could confirm this for me in their installations of GCL and if we get
>> reliable failures, we can replace the currently posted info files with
>> my archived copy.
>> Best,
>> -- documentary trace of failure of (help 'cons) --
>>>(help 'cons)
>> -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
>> CONS                                                               [Function]
>> (not found "dir")
>> Error in IF [or a callee]: Cannot open the file NIL.
>> Fast links are on: do (use-fast-links nil) for debugging
>> Broken at SYSTEM::PRINT-DOC.  Type :H for Help.
>>  1 (Continue) Retry opening file #p"NIL".
>>  2 (Abort) Return to top level.
>> dbl:>>
>> -- end --
>> _don
>> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
>> Don Winiecki, Ed.D., Ph.D.
>> Professor
>> Boise State University, College of Engineering
>> Department of Instructional & Performance Technology
>> 1910 University Drive, Boise, Idaho 83725-2070 USA
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>> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~d
> --
> Camm Maguire                                       address@hidden
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