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Re: A month worth of developers time available for cygwin.
On Tue, Jan 13, 2004 at 03:46:12PM +0100, Ronald Landheer-Cieslak wrote:
> I'd be happy to help out with the documentation. As for the documentation
> build system: what do I need?
As far as the Cygwin distribution goes, you need to have all the
normal build tools (gcc,make,etc) and a couple you might not--
libxml2 and rpm. Before the letters "R" "P" "M" scare people, let
me digress. Up until now the Cygwin documentation has been built
either on Linux or with custom Cygwin packages. (Note to you and
to future list readers, this hopefully will change very soon--maybe
as soon as we get Nicholas' openjade patches and can get it and the
various DTD and stylesheets in the distribution.)
The problem with installing custom packages is that you can get them
confused with real ones and create a dependency mess as you attempt
to move from custom to official packages. Right now on Cygwin all we
have is custom packages for SGML docbook (which is what the Users' Guide
and API Reference are written in). Nicholas mentioned that he'd been
using Red Hat's SRPMs, so I thought I'd try that for the transitional
phase. Just to be clear here, RPM is not becoming an official Cygwin
installation method, and most RPMs you find on the Web will *NOT* work
That said, I've put up my hacked-together RPMs at:
Note that RPM has many features such as dependency management that I've
deliberately ripped out of these, so don't get too excited.
Note also that there is an openjade-1.3.1-1.tar.bz2 there. This was
packaged about two years ago before there was trouble building openjade,
so it's quite old, but works for our purposes:
# 1. Get the files
wget -m -np -nH --cut-dirs=3 http://ns1.iocc.com/~joshua/cygwin/RPMS/
# 2. Never do this again--it's a very bad idea
tar jxvf /tmp/openjade-1.3-1.1.tar.bz2
# 3. Install the hacked-together "dependencies" rpms
rpm -Uhv /tmp/*rpm
# 4. Install the actual docbook packages
rpm -Uhv /tmp/docbook/*rpm
# 5. Remove everything you've installed with rpm with one easy step
# onces we've got Cygwin packages together--no mess!
rpm -e $(rpm -qa)
Once you've got that, all you should need to do it type "make" in the
winsup/doc folder of your Cygwin build tree. There are a couple of other
things you might want to do:
-comment out (with -- before and after) the "DTDDECL" statement in
This version of jade just hates the DTDDECL and complains loudly.
-Change /usr/bin/db2html's shebang to "#!/bin/bash" since it uses
bash-specific artithmetic syntax.
-Remove the cygwin-ug/cygwin-ug.html and cygwin-api-int/cygwin-api-int.html
build targets from winsup/doc/Makefile.in or just wait a week--see
Hope this helps you get going, and let me know if you have any other
questions. You're welcome to work on most anything, though I think having an
improved API reference including real compilable examples would be great. The
API is documented in SGML files in winsup/cygwin/ and a few source files
(pinfo.cc). Grep for "funcsynopsis". Anyone else chime in with other todos?
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