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I have got problems installing SDL and SDL_ttf on cygwin.
I am trying not to have to install mingw separately.
A recent e-mail on the list seemed to imply that SDL should be installable on cygwin.
I did succeed in installing SDL and running the test programs, although it took
I finally gave up on SDL_ttf.
Is it possible to install SDL ttf for cygwin, or do I really have to use mingw?
I will add a (possibly boring) trace of what I seemed to need to do to
make SDL install on cygwin and what I tried for SDL_ttf.
The trace below might provide a solution to the problem Torsten Giebls
described in an entry on this list last month w.r.t. his problem
with compiling the CVS version of SDL on cygwin,
I looked at various hints on the net, although it is hard to find out
which comments are most relevant. I will try to follow IoDream’s message of
february 2002: “FAQ: SDL under cygwin-1.3.6”.
First I reinstalled cygwin completely today.
- Downloaded SDL-1.2.3
$ make install
$ cd test
instruction was make, but no makefile present so tried:
=> configure: error: *** SDL version 1.2.3 not found
config.log contained error messages for the last linker:
/usr/include/mingw/ctype.h:141: undefined reference to
plus 4 more such errors.
Searching on the net leads to comments in september 2001 said:“use mingw
instead of cygwin”.
Is this e-mail “FAQ:SDL under cygwin-1.3.6” not appliccable to more
recent cygwin versions?
Earlier I seem to have read in a changelog that SDL-1.2.4 should work
So I try to install SDL12 cvs:
libsdl.org/cvs.html says cd SDL12;./autogen.sh:This leads to problems:
required file ./depcomp not found.
So I follow a suggestion somewhere on the net to first call:
$ automake -a -c (without understanding what I am doing)
runs without complaint.
$ make install
$ cd test
=> The dynamic link library SDL.dll could not be found (a windows
error message window)
I copied /usr/local/lib/SDL.dll to /usr/local/bin/SDL.dll
$ ./configure (in test dir) => OK
$ ./testver and other tests went ok. In an earlier attempt I got
worried because no program gave textual output. Then I
found out on the net that output is redirected to std*.txt.
Maybe this should be a FAQ?
So it seems that with some minor hacking SDL does work on cygwin. But
Next challenge: trying to compile SDL-ttf.
I will immediately try to use the CVS version. In a previous attempt,
SDL_ttf-2.0.4 failed to install.
installing freetype => simply decided to download freetype2, most
recent stable version:freetype-2.0.9.tar.gz
=> no problem there
$ cd STL_ttf2
$ automake -a -c
$ ./configure => worrying text in output:
"/usr/local/src/SDL_ttf2/missing: Unknown --run option"
"configure: WARNING: `missing’ script is too old or missing."
I replaced “missing” by /usr/autotool/devel/share/automake/missing
which made the warning go away.
Other “missing” versions still gave the warning. I do not
know whether this step is needed or not?
$./configure : no more WARNINGS.
$ make => OUCH:
A message comes by ** Warning: This library needs some
functionality provided by -lmingw32.
I do not understand the implications of the warning. The
local libtool(?) seems to look for a library
mingw32. (There is no mingw32.dll)
The linker gives errors: .../cidload.c:288: undefined reference to `_imp___ctype_' etc. I do notice that there is a -L/usr/lib/mingw option not originating from sdl-config --libs. There are messages seeming to relate this with libstdc++ or with wrong ctype.h or should I copy a "mingw" libstdc++.a to /usr/lib/mingw? Going on the net, specifically cygwin & mingw => I am getting the impression that (at least nov 2001) mingw in cygwin needs patching. So I use a procedure from http://www.mingw.org/mingwfaq.shtml although I decided to put the libraries in mingw-extra*.tgz into /usr/lib/mingw instead of /lib/mingw => No solution. Solution from Cygwin & SDL Mark K.Kim? => $ cd SDL*/test => programs will not compile because of missing -lmingw32, probably caused by missing -mno-cygwin option in output of sdl-config supplied by crosscompiler solution. Lets not give up, but try to hack -mno-cygwin into mingws sdl-config Still no luck. I could even try to start from the beginning, using the crosscompiler solution. No, I give up, I will try to install mingw and work with mingws tools.