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

Milton Cezar Ribeiro miltinho.astronauta at gmail.com
Mon Mar 30 22:12:32 EDT 2009

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....



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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