[Gambas-user] gambas not installed by package manager problems.

Bruce Steers bsteers4 at gmail.com
Wed Nov 4 15:20:44 CET 2020

On Wed, 4 Nov 2020 at 02:26, Bruce <adamnt42 at gmail.com> wrote:

> On 4/11/20 6:14 am, Bruce Steers wrote:
> > It's a bit of a problem if you have compiled and installed gambas
> manually
> > and not just installed via package manager.
> >
> > On my system i can use theGambas "Create Installation package" function
> and
> > create an installation package but i cannot use it as the .deb file it
> > makes then checks the dpkg database for what i have installed and does
> not
> > find anything gambas so gives errors.
> >
> Yes, this is what I was raving about approximately a month ago.
> There are several possible solutions.
> 1. Use autotools as Brian G suggests. Yhis is probably the easiest,
> but.. there are some rare situations with the autotools package builder
> that I don't think were ever resolved from years ago. You probably won't
> encounter them (and I've got no recollection what they were either so
> don't ask.) And don't forget that this is how all the gambas components
> get installed when you build gambas from source. So if you have problems
> look at those make data.

so that would get the package i'm trying to install installed but still got
the other issues
were apt/dpkg does not know gambas is installed.

> 2. NASTY! hack the packae builder so it doesn't generate the package
> dependencies in the spec file. (oh, I'd never do that ever ;-) )

I'm thinking more along the lines of hack apt/dpkg , somehow manually add
gambas packages to
the database without actually installing :)
Or how to make a HD repository (like the CD repositories you can add
If we could somehow get the compiled source into a HD repository and have
apt use that?

> 3. Write you own installer. I have tried to do this a guzumteen times
> but something else has always come up and got in the way.  All the stuff
> is there in the IDE and the project metadata to do this and it really is
> just a matter of moving files to where they need to go. Perhaps we could
> collaborate?

I already have too , just simple bash scripts. I figured a gambas app
hardly needs an installer,
just add the dependencies/components and hey presto it works (it just lacks
menu adding) :)
I made 2, one just adds supplied dependencies.
the other tries to run a gambas app and if it fails it extracts the missing
dependencies from the error message and keeps trying to relaunch the app
until it's got everything it needs.
But these only work for standard apps, it cannot install it's own custiom

But again i don't really see a problem with the installer, for the most
part it's going to work fine for most people, it only seems to have an
issue with people who have compiled gambas not installed through repo.
That's what i think need a solution :)
If dpkg could see the compiled gambas as installed then problem solved :)
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