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Re: Installation of GNUstep Gui failed

From: Adam Fedor
Subject: Re: Installation of GNUstep Gui failed
Date: Fri, 8 Jul 2011 12:13:10 -0600

It's difficult to compile GNUstep on an OSX machine, as a lot of the 
dependancies will pull in Apple's libobjc and that conflicts with the GCC 
Here's a little more information, but I don't really have a step-by-step guide 
yet for it:


To make this statement more precise, GNUstep *does* work on OS X 10.4 and 
later, too, but it will not work out of the box with the dependencies built 
from MacPorts (and I guess from fink either). The problem is not the Apple 
linker per se, but rather that many of our dependencies nowadays depend 
directly or indirectly on CoreFoundation on OS X and, unfortunately, 
CoreFoundation started to depend on Apple's libobjc in 10.4.

To successfully build and run GNUstep on Mac OS X 10.4 and later, you need (at 
least) to configure aspell with --disable-nls (the nonls variant of aspell 
should do for MacPorts). Next, you need a freetype configured with 
--without-old-mac-fonts (unfortunately no help from MacPorts here and the 
freetype shipped with Mac OS X 10.5 will not work either). Apart from that, 
configure GNUstep-base with --disable-tls and GNUstep-back with --disable-glx 
and use either the libart (the default) or xlib backend. Eventually, I may have 
forgotten some other libraries in this list, but you will notice that when 
looking at the crash report being produced in ~/Library/Logs/CrashReporter. 
Look for a line containing /usr/lib/libobjc.A.dylib.

On Jul 6, 2011, at 6:18 PM, Sandell, Goran H. (ARC-PX)[Universities Space 
Research Association (USRA)] wrote:

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