digitalmars.D - More PLPlot stuff
dsimcha <dsimcha yahoo.com> writes:
So I've started the PLPlot project by building the original version and playing around with it and... That's where the trouble begins. PLPlot has an amazingly complicated Rube Goldberg build system. After fighting with it for a good hour or two, I finally got it to build. It output a bunch of DLL files. (Side rant: Why do people use DLLs? Static linking is so much less prone to Murphy's Law and memory and storage are cheap nowadays.) I used implib to generate .lib stubs for all these files and passed them all to the linker. I still can't even get a program that uses the original PLPlot to link. I get weird symbol undefined messages, yet I found the name of the function for which I'm getting this error in one of the .lib files output by implib. Has anyone else gotten this contraption to work with D? If so, how? I'm starting to think this project might not be the best idea, because if everyone else has half the trouble I've had so far with this Rube Goldberg build system and DLL/implib crap, the barrier to entry will just be too high to have anyone actually use a D-ified PLPlot. I'm halfway thinking it would be easier to translate the whole #( ! lib to D than make a sane build system for the mixed language version.
May 11 2009
Mike W <cf725b-0 yahoo.com> writes:
Ha! I spent nearly 3 hours this past Saturday trying to get PLPlot to build (Windows, MinGW) before finally giving up. I have to agree that without some serious changes to their install process (or maybe at least some clearer instructions), few people are going to use it. Seems a shame, it looks like it's pretty nice once it's up and running.
May 11 2009