[osgeo4w-dev] Support for the WIN64 binaries

Tamas Szekeres szekerest at gmail.com
Mon Mar 3 11:41:56 EST 2008


I'd add my support to a package based (cygwin style) approach we've
been talking about in the IRC. I'll surely contribute to support some
Win64 packages into the repository.
Someone should probably create a Wiki how the dependencies are
definied for these packages.

I would also support to distribute the 'bleeding edge' using this
framework. I hope this approach provides to have multiple versions to
exist side by side. That would probably help to keep the osgeo
binaries in a common repository instead of having the user to pick up
the files from various sources.

Best regards,


2008/3/3, Frank Warmerdam <warmerdam at pobox.com>:
> Tamas Szekeres wrote:
>  > 2008/3/3, Frank Warmerdam <warmerdam at pobox.com>:
>  >>  My opinion is that this should be deferred till we have successfully
>  >>  produced a 32bit generation of OSGeo4W, and even then I'm assuming this
>  >>  is mostly something aimed at developers, is that right?
>  >>
>  >
>  > No. As far as I can see the number of the 64 bit Windows Servers
>  > installed in production environment and Vista 64 for the clients is
>  > quite increasing. I'm saying this, because I'm asked about twice a
>  > week to provide Win64 binaries mostly because of the .NET stuff which
>  > is non-usable in their environments, definitely.
> Tamas,
>  I'll try to connect in IRC to understand this need a bit better.
>  >>  Obviously, you are welcome to apply your time as desired, but I'm not keen
>  >>  on a win64 adventure yet.
>  >>
>  >
>  > Since I'm not keen to develop yet another binary distribution
>  > installer for this, I'm wondering
>  > if we could establish a placeholder in osgeo4w to convey the Win64
>  > binaries I currently can produce. It would certainly be a limited set
>  > of the packages comparing to the Win32 stuff, but it would provide
>  > something that's much difficult to create from scratch for the users.
> It would not really be any problem to provide some additional Win64
>  binaries within the existing installer as packages.  Perhaps these
>  packages would (for now) appear only in the Win64 group so as not
>  to confuse people just interested in 32bit.
>  We could put the unpacked stuff into:
>   C:\OSGeo4W\win64\bin
>  etc.
>  > My only problem is that I'm quite unfamiliar about how the build
>  > mechanism is actually being established in osgeo.
> There is no build mechanism per-se for OSGeo4W.  Individual packagers
>  build their packages on their own systems, and then package them
>  up in the proper directory structure as a .tar.bz2 file and upload it
>  to a particular place on download.osgeo.org as per:
>    http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/OSGeo4W_Packaging
>  So, if you are keen on the job, I would not object to some Win64 packages
>  within OSGeo4W. I'd be happy to help explain packaging, etc.
>  Best regards,
>  --
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