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Building Composer on alternative platforms [message #52776] Sun, 17 August 2008 19:38 Go to next message
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Originally posted by: david.allens-online.com

Any guidance on where to start if I want to look at building Composer for
alternative platforms (OS X)?

I can use it through virtualization, but thought I might get some idea of
the effort to support a native build - even if it is just an
occasional/one-off process.
Re: Building Composer on alternative platforms [message #53417 is a reply to message #52776] Tue, 09 September 2008 20:42 Go to previous message
Eclipse User
Originally posted by: eclipse-news.rizzoweb.com

David Allen wrote:
> Any guidance on where to start if I want to look at building Composer
> for alternative platforms (OS X)?
>
> I can use it through virtualization, but thought I might get some idea
> of the effort to support a native build - even if it is just an
> occasional/one-off process.
>

One problem you'll probably run into is that the RichText component is
not supported on OS X. I'm not sure how gracefully Composer will handle
that, but the RichText feature won't even install or load unless the
platform is Win or Linux. There have been reports that is sort-of works,
even though it is not supported; see https://bugs.eclipse.org/209373#c8
and https://bugs.eclipse.org/209373#c13

For our product that depends on the RichText feature, I've made it an
optional dependency and wrapped our usage of it in code that falls back
to a plain Text widget when the RichText bundle isn't loaded. Perhaps
you could do something similar to the Composer code (if it isn't already
doing something like that).

Hope this helps,
Eric
Re: Building Composer on alternative platforms [message #590468 is a reply to message #52776] Tue, 09 September 2008 20:42 Go to previous message
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David Allen wrote:
> Any guidance on where to start if I want to look at building Composer
> for alternative platforms (OS X)?
>
> I can use it through virtualization, but thought I might get some idea
> of the effort to support a native build - even if it is just an
> occasional/one-off process.
>

One problem you'll probably run into is that the RichText component is
not supported on OS X. I'm not sure how gracefully Composer will handle
that, but the RichText feature won't even install or load unless the
platform is Win or Linux. There have been reports that is sort-of works,
even though it is not supported; see https://bugs.eclipse.org/209373#c8
and https://bugs.eclipse.org/209373#c13

For our product that depends on the RichText feature, I've made it an
optional dependency and wrapped our usage of it in code that falls back
to a plain Text widget when the RichText bundle isn't loaded. Perhaps
you could do something similar to the Composer code (if it isn't already
doing something like that).

Hope this helps,
Eric
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