Build for Windows
Before we can start to compile xmoto under windows, then we need to get 2 programs called Msys and MinGW. Fortunatly these are packed into one program, so they should be really easy to get.
Therefore go to this site and download the most recent package. Unpack them to a place on your computer, but be aware; DO NOT place them in a path that contains spaces (Like C:\documents and settings). That will cause an error because of a bug.
Preparing for compile
Okay, when Msys and MinGW are placed in a valid folder then open the Msys terminal (~msysForXMoto\msys.bat). It should look like this:
It's from this terminal we'll compile later on. But first we need the most recent source code for X-Moto. To get this, we use the command
This action will probably take some minutes. It will download the source code, and place it at ~\msysForXMoto\home\xmoto\trunk.
- Note that in Msys you do not paste with ctrl-v but with the middle mousebottom.
After the download is done, then we need to change directory so we are at the source code. To this we use the command
You can run the command pwd to know where you are located
When you got that:
sh ./bootstrap or just bootstrap
That won't take a lot of time.
And when the bootstrap is done:
This will take some minutes. Be aware of that you maybe some errors, about missing .dll files. Just ignore them and press ok. It won't stop msys from configuring. Take a look at this section if you wan't to know more about the configure
After the configure comes the real compile. To do this we use the command:
This will take a lot of time if it's the first time that you compile X-Moto. “Make” will produce the xmoto.exe and place it at \msysForXMoto\home\xmoto\trunk\src\xmoto.exe.
There is only one command left now when the make is done:
This command will remove a lot of unnecessary debugging stuff and make the .exe files size smaller.
Now copy the compiled xmoto.exe in the directory of your normally installed X-Moto and replace it with the other xmoto.exe. For example in C:\program files\XMoto\xmoto.exe
Then Double-click and enjoy your own compiled xmoto!
Additional things to know
In this section can you find things that are nice to know about compiling X-Moto.
Updating your source code
Insted of downloading all sources codes each time you want to update your svn version, then use the command:
Then you'll only download updated files.
About using commands in Msys
After you update sources via svn up, or if you added or removed something in the source code, and you want to re-compile then you have simplyly to type the command :
It will rebuild only what is necessary. By the way, if you get an error, it's probably because a file called configure.in or Makefile.am has been modified. In this case, you've to type :
sh ./bootstrap ./config.status --recheck (or ./configure) make
Another smart thing msys can do, is to search in the source code after keywords. To do this we use the command grep.
it works like this: grep [How to look for it][What to look for][Where to look for it]
grep -i -n x-moto trunk/src/*.cpp
gives the output:
Try to write
And figure out why we get that output!
More about configure
When you succed the configure, a sort of table comes as you may have noticed. That table tells if an option is enabled or not.
But it also show which commands you should use to enable a option. For example if you want xmoto to use the zoom option: