[buildgear-devel] Congratulations! and bug report...

Martin Lund martin.lund at keep-it-simple.com
Tue Apr 2 17:34:34 MDT 2013

Please see my responses below.

On 2013-04-02 22:29, Yang omt wrote:
> Hi,
> In my spare time I always struggle with my pandaboard. I always meet 
> so many problems when I was building even a most simple kernel. Maybe 
> it because I am still a noob. So I was very exciting to find your 
> project on github and a bit disappointed when I see your website is 
> not available, untill today!
Hi Yang,

I'm sorry you had to wait but we had to polish off the website a bit 
before making it public - we actually just put it online so you are 
probably among the first to see it ;)

> It seems fantastic even I am still test it. Here is a little bug 
> happened when I was building the pandaboard kernel that I quote the 
> error message here.
> Downloading 'ftp://dickey.his.com/dialog/dialog-1.2-20121230.tgz'
>    Download OK (421.47kB in 4.71 sec at 89.50kB/s)
>    Downloading 
> '...ystems.org/pub/libpng/png/src/libpng15/libpng-1.5.14.tar.xz 
> <http://ystems.org/pub/libpng/png/src/libpng15/libpng-1.5.14.tar.xz>'
>    Error 550 (Remote file not found) trying alternative URL..
>    Downloading 'http://www.buildgear.org/mirror/libpng-1.5.14.tar.xz'
>    Error 404 (HTTP response code said error)
> I checked the ftp server and the libpnt-1.5.14 is not exist there. 
> Then what I did is just fix the buildfile.
> diff cross-opt/libpng/Buildfile cross-opt/libpng/Buildfile.old -ruN
> --- cross-opt/libpng/Buildfile  2013-04-02 22:19:17.159640738 +0200
> +++ cross-opt/libpng/Buildfile.old      2013-04-02 22:20:06.127883558 
> +0200
> @@ -2,7 +2,7 @@
>  # URL: http://www.libpng.org
>  name=libpng
> -version=1.5.15
> +version=1.5.14
>  release=1
>  source=(ftp://ftp.simplesystems.org/pub/$name/png/src/libpng15/$name-$version.tar.xz)
>  depends=zlib

This is a classic problem with the libpng server - every time they make 
a new libpng release they move the old release tarball and that, of 
course, makes our download fail. I wish they would stop doing that! :(

Anyway, as you can see, when the source URL fails the tool automatically 
tries to download via the alternative URL which in this case is our own 
mirror. Unfortunately we forgot to update our mirror with that specific 
version of libpng but this has been fixed now thanks to your bug report! :)

Also, I see that the latest libpng is now version 1.6.1 so we will 
update to that version very soon.

In general, we try to keep our own mirror up to date with the tarballs 
hosted on unstable servers, this applies in particular to libpng.

> I also got a problem when I am trying to build the buildgear on my 
> opensuse machine.  It happens when I am configuring it. I guess it is 
> my own problem and don't know how to fix it though.
> checking curses.h usability... yes
> checking curses.h presence... yes
> checking for curses.h... yes
> configure: error: termcap not found
> omytea at linux-1tm0:~/pandaboard/buildgear> whereis termcap
> termcap: /etc/termcap /usr/lib/termcap /usr/include/termcap.h 
> /usr/include/termcap /usr/share/man/man3/termcap.3ncurses.gz
> Any suggestion?

Yes - you are missing the termcap library which is typically bundled 
with ncurses. On Ubuntu that is solved by installing the 
'libncurses5-dev' package. For Open Suse it might be bundled in a 
different package.

Actually, officially we only support Ubuntu. That being said, it might 
work on open suse but it is difficult to tell what kind of problems you 
will run into (but I'm sure you will run into some).

I will strongly suggest that you either install Ubuntu 12.10 on your 
system or use Ubuntu installed in a VirtualBox image. If you like, you 
can use the premade Ubuntu 12.10 image that we provide here: 

Br, Martin
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