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README.md

PORTING MG AND USING LIBBSD

I've maintained and ported mg for quite some time now and at first it was easy recently it got harder and harder since it was a moving target. Especially the inclusion of some system specific libraries since about 2 years ago made it too much of an effort for my humble coding skills.

So recently Jasper Lievisse Adriaanse asked me to try it again and I restarted working on the project and ran into exactly the same problems again. While googling for solutions I ran into libbsd:

http://libbsd.freedesktop.org/wiki/

It's a porting library for OpenBSD code! And after installing that it was a piece of pie to get mg ported again.

PORTING TO ALL OTHER PLATFORMS

Okay, that was debian. Now I have to get the rest of all the previously supported platforms working again. All help is welcome and as always: Please provide patches that do not break stuff for other platforms.

BUILDING MG

So, basic instructions for building mg:

  • Get the libbsd and libncurses dev packages installed.
  • Run the following commands:
make
sudo make install

USING CMAKE

You can also build mg with cmake, it goes like this:

  • Get the libbsd and libncurses dev packages installed.
  • Run the following commands:
mkdir build
cd build
cmake ..
make
sudo make install

Kudos to Leonid Bobrov(@mazocomp) for adding CMAKE support.

STATIC BUILDS

I recently figured out how to make really portable static builds: On an alpine linux system, build with the command:

make STATIC=yesplease

glibc does not really support static binaries. https://www.musl-libc.org/ does not have this problem.

USING CVS

This code is the cvs checkout from the OpenBSD project so if you install cvs you can see what I changed to port mg. Like this:

cvs diff -uw