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From Johan Corveleyn <>
Subject Re: PMCs: any Hackathon requests? (deadline 11 October)
Date Thu, 10 Oct 2019 20:18:16 GMT
On Thu, Oct 10, 2019 at 10:12 PM Nathan Hartman
<> wrote:
> On Thu, Oct 10, 2019 at 1:48 PM Daniel Shahaf <> wrote:
> > > Should these be re-merged into one item, as you had it before?
> >
> > That depends.  _Do_ the Windows build scripts support libmagic?
> I think they don't. Unless I missed something.
> It looks as though the Windows build uses the makefile at
> tools/dev/windows-build/Makefile. I am guessing that packagers for the
> Windows platform are using this as their starting point? Anyway, this
> makefile makes absolutely no mention of libmagic.
> I'll merge the two items into one:
> * Python programming:
>   - SVN-3914 - Implement building with libmagic on Windows in the build
>     scripts and document it in INSTALL.

I build SVN on Windows regularly. It's not for the faint of heart --
it might take a hackathon participant the full two days just to get it
to build. (of course, it doesn't help that I'm not very experienced in
C and Visual Studio ... but anyway. The main problem is all the
dependencies that you need to get built first)

Indeed, I don't think the build scripts for Windows currently support
libmagic. The first question is actually: where can I download
libmagic "for windows"? I don't know whether libmagic itself is easily
available / buildable on Windows ...

I'm putting Stefan Sperling in cc, because he filed SVN-3914. Perhaps
he knows more about it?

All in all, I think it's a bit of a risky issue to put on the list,
because: who will guide / mentor that one? It requires at least good
knowledge of the Windows build system, and I, for one, do not have
that knowledge. I just use the build scripts, I don't really
understand them :-).

BTW: thanks a lot for driving this, Nathan.


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