[cairo] Building 1.8.0 in VC2008

Behdad Esfahbod behdad at behdad.org
Mon Sep 29 08:47:22 PDT 2008

Hi Gianmaria,

I don't know much about VC2008, so I let others answer.

To the win32 experts on the list, can someone please update the awfully
outdated pages at:

  - http://www.cairographics.org/visualstudio/
    The features file just has to have the CAIRO_HAS_* defines.  Everything
else should be removed.

  - http://www.cairographics.org/download/
    Other than pointing to dll's for 1.4.x, the "Building on Windows" is
unnecessarily long.  Makefile.win32 is all set up to build recursively, and
then, one only needs to build src/.

Perhaps add any wording to README.win32 and point to that from the website.



saviour at libero.it wrote:
> Hello,
> i'm trying to build the lastest version of Cairo on Visual C++ 2008 but i'm unable to test and use the generated dll. I've followed somehow the instructions present in http://www.cairographics.org/download/
> My steps:
> * Extracted cairo-1.8.0.tar.gz and pixman-0.12.0.tar.gz from  http://www.cairographics.org/releases/ in c:\libs\cairo e c:\libs\pixman
> *Extracted zlib123.zip in c:\libs\zlib and lpng1232.zip in c:\libs\libpng
> * Converted the project in libpng\projects\visualc71 and build the "LIB Debug" and "LIB Release" profile
> * Copied libpngd.lib and libpng.lib to libpng\ and zlibd.lib and zlib.lib in zlib\ (these last ones are generated already by the libpng project)
> * Installed the Mozilla build tools, opened the console
> * Compiled pixman in pixman/pixman with make -f Makefile.win32 CFG=debug (and release)
> * Opened cairo-features.h and substituted all with the content here http://www.cairographics.org/visualstudio/ (i've removed CAIRO_VERSION_MAJOR, CAIRO_VERSION_MINOR and CAIRO_VERSION_MICRO that are already present elsewhere)
> * Opened cairo\build\Makefile.win32.common and modified the CAIRO_LIBS lines with $(top_builddir)/../libpng/libpngd.lib and $(top_builddir)/../zlib/zlibd.lib (and the ones without the last 'd' when compiled in release)
> * In cairo/src i've launched make -f Makefile.win32 dynamic CFG=debug (and release) without any errors
> I've tried to compile cairo/boilerplate with make-f Makefile.win32 but it cannot find Makefile.win32.config
> So i've created an empy console project from Visual studio 2008, created a main.cpp with first example in http://zetcode.com/tutorials/cairographicstutorial/cairobackends/, added cairo.lib and the additional include and lib paths. It compiles without errors but (after adding the cairo and CRT dlls) the program hangs immediately.
> I've also tried to compile libpng and zlib as dynamic libraries but with no improvements. 
> Have you any ideas? :)
> Thanks,
> Gianmaria C.
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