Manual Compile

Building and installing manually from source. This should only be done if one is unable to create a recipe or as an excercise. With very few exceptions, the work of creating a recipe is rewarded by the ease of using Compile.


If you use a local tarball, be sure to have the tarball placed at /Data/Compile/Archives. Also make sure you know whether you have a recipe locally or not, if you ie do not have access to the www on that machine.

I’m using dosbox from CVS as an example here.

First, go into the folder where you have the source (change directory).

phed@Arjuna ~/]cd dosbox
phed@Arjuna ~/dosbox]

Run PrepareProgram with the option -t or –tree to generate the directory tree in /Programs/DOSBox/CVS.

phed@Arjuna ~/dosbox]PrepareProgram -t DOSBox CVS
phed@Arjuna ~/dosbox]

Then run PrepareProgram again without options to run configure

phed@Arjuna ~/dosbox]PrepareProgram DOSBox CVS
PrepareProgram: Preparing...
PrepareProgram: Autoconf configure script detected.
checking build system type... i686-pc-linux-gnu
config.status: creating config.h
config.status: executing depfiles commands
phed@Arjuna ~/dosbox]

Then we have to do whatever is required in order to build the application. In the case of DosBox we have to issue make in order to compile the program.

phed@Arjuna ~/dosbox]make
make[1]: L/bin/make  all-recursive
make[1]: Entering directory `/Users/phed/dosbox'
make[1]: Leaving directory `/Users/phed/dosbox'
phed@Arjuna ~/dosbox]

Next run SandboxInstall to install the program into the Programs-tree

phed@Arjuna ~/dosbox]SandboxInstall dosbox CVS
SandboxInstall: unionfs is available.  Using UnionSandbox!
SandboxInstall: Installing DOSBox...
SandboxInstall: Postprocessing Sandbox
phed@Arjuna ~/dosbox]

And at last, run SymlinkProgram to link it into the LHS tree.

phed@Arjuna ~/dosbox]SymlinkProgram DOSBox CVS
SymlinkProgram: Symlinking DOSBox CVS.
SymlinkProgram: Done.
phed@Arjuna ~-->dosbox]

And then we’re done. Enjoy!