[winGRASS] Re: [GRASS-user] Re: Xganim errors in WinGRASS

Paul Kelly paul-grass at stjohnspoint.co.uk
Fri Feb 9 09:43:03 EST 2007

On Fri, 9 Feb 2007, Moritz Lennert wrote:

> On 08/02/07 11:37, Glynn Clements wrote:
>> Moritz Lennert wrote:
>>>> (general call for packagers)
>>>> It would sure be nice if someone produced a GRASS 6.2.1 Cygwin binary.
>>>> Currently the most up-to-date binary available for the Cygwin version
>>>> is 6.1-cvs April 17, 2006. i.e. there is still no stable GRASS 6.2
>>>> available for Windows users -- what's the problem? shared libs?
>>> I think this is mainly due to the fact that we are not very far from a 
>>> real native windows version. I think dev efforts should rather be put into 
>>> that.
>> Actually, I'd say that we're still quite a long way from having a
>> *usable* native Windows version.
>> Most of the people who have contributed to the native version don't
>> normally use Windows[1]. Thus, they aren't likely to be as motivated
>> to solve issues as would someone who actually has a *need* for a
>> native Windows version.
> Just to add to this: I think it is time that we publish a more recent version 
> of WinGRASS. The one which people get to now from the downloads page is way 
> out of date and any current version would be better than that. In addition, 
> this would allow us to have more alpha-testers.

Yes, Huidae's version is more Msys-GRASS than Windows-GRASS. It depends on 
having Msys installed, also depends on various Msys-related modifications 
to the source code which have been removed now.

> Paul, as you are the one working most closely on WinGRASS do you want to do 
> this ?

I don't like the idea of putting out a version that has the vector-DB 
connectivity completely broken. I think it would give a bad impression.
Apart from that it would not be too hard to do. You could include the 
Mingw Tcl/Tk within the distribution too, and the required libraries 
(GDAL, PNG etc.) It could just be a big zip file that could be unzipped 
anywhere, with only the path in grass63.bat needing to be changed to suit 
it. grass63.bat could be saved anywhere and then a desktop shortcut 
created to start it up.


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