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Tuesday December 10, 2002
03:03 PM

Bad solaris day

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Tired of having to switch machines to look at MS Excel files (both for work and for Spreadsheet/Excel), I decided again to try to build gnumeric and all its dependencies on my Solaris 9 box.

Things started off well enough, as I was able to get libxml-1.8.17 to build using gnu's ld and libole2-0.2.4 built without a hitch. However, gnome-libs-1.4.2 was another story. It complains about a lack of db-1.85 compatibility. Since I don't know how to configure a Solaris package, I download the source for db-3.3 and install it by hand, using --enable-compat185. No problem - everything builds fine and I can see the db_185.h file.

My original attempt at just installing db-1.85 failed miserably because it simply refused to see the db.h file altogether (for some odd reason), despite using the appropriate configure options.

No luck with db-3.3 (or 4.1). Same complaint from gnome-libs. Some google searching indicated that it might be a bug in the configure script, but I never found any sort of definitive answer. I submitted a bug report to

Why can't anything *just work*?

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  • If you have a windows machine handy (thats running XP Professional, or Win 2000 Server thats running Terminal Services) you can use rdesktop [] to forward the display to your X desktop. It works amazingly well (much better than VNC and you don't get the performance hit by running VMware).


  • > Why can't anything *just work*?

    Since all the world's not a Linux, to paraphrase
    the old adage. No, I do *not* mean that all the
    world should be Linux...