[GRASS-dev] Re: [GRASS-user] call for volunteers - urgent need for Windows Vista binaries

Michael Barton Michael.Barton at asu.edu
Tue Mar 31 00:17:57 EDT 2009


This is great. My only concern is how to successfully package and  
distribute this to others. I've been working with Colin Nielsen, who  
has kindly provided a couple of vista binaries in the past week and we  
can't get either to work so far. The seem to need additional dll's  
that are hidden somewhere in the system.

I'm sure that there must be a way to package this up, but I don't know  
what it is.

C. Michael Barton, Professor of Anthropology
Director of Graduate Studies
School of Human Evolution & Social Change
Center for Social Dynamics & Complexity
Arizona State University

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On Mar 30, 2009, at 7:12 PM, Milton Cezar Ribeiro wrote:

> I Just compiled grass6.5 under Msys Vista 64b, but I don't know if  
> it helps.
> I am not familiar with the generation of installer, but I can share  
> the directories with the grass structure....
> Bests
> miltinho
> 2009/3/26 Michael Barton <Michael.Barton at asu.edu>
> Whether you like it or not, it is nearly impossible to get a new PC  
> without Windows Vista today. If we want GRASS to be accessible to  
> Windows users, we need to have versions that run under Vista.
> Over the past year, the development team have worked to solve many  
> issues that kept GRASS from running under Vista in the past. The  
> only problem now is that there are no Windows Vista binaries for  
> users. Furthermore, there is no current stand-alone Windows binary  
> for GRASS at all.
> Marco Pasetti made a very nice Windows installer for 6.3 last year,  
> but is unable to continue this work.
> Other folks in OSGEO have created OSGEO4W with a number of packages.  
> However, GRASS is in the 'advanced' section--and it is not clear  
> what libraries need to be downloaded with it--and it cannot be  
> installed stand-alone.
> Also, as far as I can tell, the OSGEO4W binary is compiled with  
> Windows XP. It opens in Vista but various modules insidiously fail  
> (e.g. r.patch, v.patch, v.what.rast, and others). Anyone who  
> installs GRASS under Windows Vista will perceive it as a very buggy  
> and semi-functional program.
> So if we are serious about making GRASS as cross-platform as we  
> claim, we need some windows knowledgeable volunteers who can 1) help  
> the OSGEO4W team create a Vista version and 2) produce binary  
> versions of GRASS for XP and Vista to go along with the current  
> Linux and Mac versions. The current GRASS dev team has done a  
> fantastic job over the past 2 years of making GRASS compilable under  
> Windows, but are working hard on maintaining and developing the  
> module and interface code.
> So we really need some new volunteers to tackle maintaining Windows  
> binaries. Is there anyone able to take this on?
> Michael
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