Abiword 2.6.4 on Ubuntu (was Re: [sugar] Write needs your help)

David Van Assche dvanassche at gmail.com
Thu Jul 17 18:24:10 EDT 2008

This from the abiword on ubuntu webpage

At this time, the latest version available directly from Ubuntu is an
Ubuntu-modified 2.4.6. We are working to get AbiWord 2.6 in Ubuntu
8.04 "Hardy Heron"

and adding their repo installs 2.6.4... but if you need the source
that should work too

I can build it without problems on my hardy system... just requires a
lot of development library dependencies like below, you need to
install libglib2.0-dev

Kind Regards,
David Van Assche

On Thu, Jul 17, 2008 at 11:47 PM, Edward Cherlin <echerlin at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Thu, Jul 17, 2008 at 1:54 PM, Tomeu Vizoso <tomeu at tomeuvizoso.net> wrote:
>> Sorry, what I meant is that, ideally, we would be testing Write in
>> joyride with the 2.6.4 version. As we don't have that version in
>> joyride yet, I think the closest we can do is testing Abiword 2.6.4.
>> Thanks,
>> Tomeu
> It appears that the 2.6.4 sources aren't configured to build correctly
> on Ubuntu using configure and GNU make.
> ./configure reports
> configure: error: No package 'glib-2.0' found
> (The correct name on Ubuntu is libglib2.0-0)
> Then make says:
> Building AbiSuite with [ABI_ROOT=/home/mokurai/tmp/abiword/abiword-2.6.4]
> make ABI_ROOT=/home/mokurai/tmp/abiword/abiword-2.6.4 -C src
> make[1]: Entering directory `/home/mokurai/tmp/abiword/abiword-2.6.4/src'
>    I can't seem to figure out which platform you are using.
>    You should probably try using the autoconfiscated build system (rather
>    than this, the deprecated and unsupported diving make system) by running
>    configure (creating it with autogen.sh if need be) and using GNU Make.
>    Using configure is a requirement for all known platforms that
> aren't some form
>    of Windows, QNX Neutrino, or MacOS X.
> exit 1
> make[1]: *** [fake-target] Error 1
> make[1]: Leaving directory `/home/mokurai/tmp/abiword/abiword-2.6.4/src'
> make: *** [compile] Error 2
> Does anybody have a workaround? Would someone like to fix configure to
> work on Ubuntu? Do the makefiles need any change?
> So far I have the old version of Write that Ubuntu offers accepting
> and displaying Cyrillic and Greek correctly. I'll wait until I have
> something up-to-date to test before proceeding to the other 30+
> possibilities.
> Kim, should we create a process for globalization QA? We need testing
> for Amharic, Arabic, Khmer,
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