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Re: [igraph] python 2.5 installer for igraph 5.2?

From: Chris Wj
Subject: Re: [igraph] python 2.5 installer for igraph 5.2?
Date: Fri, 29 May 2009 10:11:35 -0400

I think google code allows you to post automated uploads. I work with a C++ library called Ultimate++ and they use a nightly build technique to upload to google code. See here: http://code.google.com/p/upp-mirror/downloads/list and search the forum for some conversations on thier build process http://www.ultimatepp.org/forum (I'll try to identify the exact process too).

U++ uses a remote build system, although I think it was created for the project itself. I'll do some more research on this.

I think you should reach out to the community a bit here for some help. If you set up a VMware server and give package/build maintainers access to individual servers, then you don't have to do all the leg work. Or you can have branches of the build system on launchpad that can help with any platform-specific changes that need to be made. However you choose to do it, involving some skilled members of the community may also be a chance to get more eyes on the core implementation of igraph to help submit patches instead of just unofficial bug reports.


On Fri, May 29, 2009 at 3:09 AM, Gábor Csárdi <address@hidden> wrote:
On Fri, May 29, 2009 at 3:43 AM, Chris Wj <address@hidden> wrote:
> I'm thinking you guys should set up an automated build server that compiles
> nightlies of the latest bzr branch. You can set up VM's for 32 and 64 bit
> oses. If you put out a call for donations, and maybe even maintainers for
> specific versions, you could put together a machine dedicated to the task
> for local build and upload to launchpad or mirror at google code for
> download location.
> I think it could really free you of these tasks and questions.

I am actually setting up such a build server right now using VMWare
Server. It is not completely trivial, because I need to write the
scripts for myself: pulling from bzr if there is something new,
compile this and that, build docs, etc. and then copy the packages to
a web-server.

Even just publishing the packages is not trivial, since most free
development sites (sourceforge, launchpad, etc.) don't support
automated uploads. savannah.gnu.org might work, but they refresh their
mirrors very slowly, maybe once a day, and that is not optimal if you
want to do nightly builds.

So it is a pain in the neck. If you are aware of some ready-to-use
solution to make automated builds for different platforms, please tell


> -Chris
> On Thu, May 28, 2009 at 6:25 PM, Tamas Nepusz <address@hidden> wrote:
>> Hi Jose,
>>> Is there a python 2.5 installer for igraph 5.2 (latest)?
>> No, there isn't, at least not at the moment. The reason is that Windows XP
>> that's running in my VirtualBox has Visual Studio 2008 Express -- which is
>> unsupported as a Python extension compiler before Python 2.6.
>>> if not, how hard is it to build it on windows?
>> Well, it's not a trivial task but not impossible. We have a lot of
>> experience in that now ;) The first thing is that you should try to stick to
>> Microsoft Visual Studio because Python is also built with MSVC, hence it
>> links to a different version of the Microsoft C Runtime than Cygwin or
>> MinGW. If you try to compile igraph with MinGW or Cygwin, you will end up
>> with mixing different versions of the C runtime and funny things will happen
>> when a FILE* pointer is passed between the C core of igraph and Python
>> (since the internal structure of a file object changed somewhere between the
>> two runtimes). If you have an earlier Visual Studio (2003 or 2005) and you
>> are willing to give it a go, I'm happy to send you the scripts that I use.
>> Otherwise, I might try to set up another VM with an older MSVC and compile
>> igraph with Python 2.5 there, but I can't promise anything.
>> Best,
>> --
>> Tamas
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