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Improve error checking with the CMake build when finding libpng #215

AndySomogyi opened this Issue Jul 23, 2017 · 3 comments


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AndySomogyi commented Jul 23, 2017

If the runtime dynamically linked libpng is different than the libpng header files that Magnum was compiled with, then it will result is a rather nasty exception:

 Assertion file failed in .../src/MagnumPlugins/PngImporter/PngImporter.cpp on line 71

This happens if you have more that one version of libpng installed (surprisingly common, as many programs install libpng).

I think we could improve the CMake by having it check to see if the runtime linked libpng is in the same directory tree as the header directory. I think some version info checking would make the runtime error detection a lot nicer.

The png_libpng_ver libpng global holds the current version:

So, something like

if (strcmp (PNG_LIBPNG_VER_STRING, png_libpng_ver) != 0) {
Error() << "libpng version mismatch, expecting version " << PNG_LIBPNG_VER_STRING 
   << " but the runtime library is version: " << png_libpng_ver;

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mosra commented Jul 24, 2017

Yup, a very good idea. Could you submit a PR to the plugins repository with this, ideally for both PngImporter and PngImageConverter plugins?

Thank you a lot! :)


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AndySomogyi commented Jul 25, 2017

No problem, but will have to wait until next week.


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mosra commented Aug 14, 2017

Done in mosra/magnum-plugins@ecc9c0b. In the end I decided to use an assert as well (it points out to a broken installation which can't really be solved from within the app at runtime), but this time it at least gives a helpful message. Thanks for the initial patch!

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@mosra mosra added the improvement label Aug 14, 2017

@mosra mosra added this to Done in Asset management Aug 14, 2017

@mosra mosra added this to the 2018.02 milestone Feb 15, 2018

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