[Xcb] Does xcb really need python?

Dan Nicholson dbn.lists at gmail.com
Mon Mar 16 12:36:03 PDT 2009

On Mon, Mar 16, 2009 at 12:09 PM, Barton C Massey <bart at cs.pdx.edu> wrote:
> In message <20090316055209.GA4106 at comet> you wrote:
>> On 07:48 Sun 15 Mar     , David Wuertele wrote:
>> > I tried compiling libX11-1.2 but it asked for
>> > libxcb-1.1.92 or newer.  I tried compiling libxcb-1.1.92
>> > but it asked for python-2.5 or newer.  Because of the
>> > crazy package dependencies in my workstation, upgrading
>> > its python-2.3 to python-2.5 is impossible (hooray for
>> > outsourced IT).  Also, my build script has to work for
>> > dozens of developers who have the same python version as
>> > me and the same inability to upgrade.  I forced libxcb's
>> > configure script to accept my python version, but then
>> > libxcb died during the build due to the incompatibility.
>> >
>> > Stymied by the python requirement, I tried backing down
>> > to libxcb-1.1 which doesn't require it.  That compiled
>> > fine.  But now I had to back down to libX11-1.1.
>> > libX11-1.1's build failed due to what appears to be a
>> > known > bug.  Googling says that the only cure is to go
>> > to libX11-1.2!
>> This should do the trick with libX11:
>> ./configure --without-xcb
> Also, the Python is only used to generate some generic C
> code.  So if you want to stick with Xlib/XCB, just build
> xcb/proto and xcb/libxcb on some machine with newer Python
> and copy the generated C files over.

Is the C platform-independent? Maybe we could add get it in dist? Just
drop all the nodist_ from src/Makefile.am. I think that would be
really nice to not require python while bootstrapping X.


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