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Re: development on windows

From: Trevor Daniels
Subject: Re: development on windows
Date: Sat, 6 Jun 2009 11:03:58 +0100

Graham Percival wrote Friday, June 05, 2009 11:19 AM

There's a surprising amount of interest in contributing to
LilyPond from Windows machines.  (err, I mean, from people *with*
Windows machines, not from the actual machines themselves)

As I understand it, people with Windows can:
- run GUB

I haven't tried - I didn't realise this was possible.
Has anyone done it?

- get the sources with git


- compile the docs without examples by running texi2html manually

Tick, but this is often screwed up if the version
number in snippets is bumped by an LSR update, since
this means they can no longer be compiled with the
latest released version.

- compile the docs with GUB

Must try this ...

- write docstrings, fix bugs, and add new features to .scm files


However, they cannot:
- compile lilypond


- write bugfixes, new features, and "code janitor" C++ files

Is the above correct?  If so, is there any hope of changing the
cannot-compile status?  In particular,
- does anybody feel like making cygwin packages for the missing
- does anybody have VMware (commercial version) and feel like
 making a small Linux installation which has all the required
 software?  Potential contributors would be able to run this
 in the free VMware version.
- does anybody feel like making shell accounts available for
 windows users?  (I'm not at all certain how many windows
 contributors would feel comfortable using such a system, but
 I include it here for correctness)

I can't commit to helping with this in the foreseeable
future, I'm afraid.

I suspect that the answer to the above questions is "no", so I'll
write the CG / new website  to make this clear.  But it's worth
checking first.

- Graham

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