[Libreoffice] Build problems (and some solutions) in Mac OSX

James C james.from.wellington at gmail.com
Wed Dec 21 02:20:37 PST 2011

Hello Tor, Norbert, Michael and Christian,

Thank you for your welcome and help in narrowing the problem.

I am not yet a Mac graphics expert.  Depending on which itches I
develop, I may well end up learning on this project.

I am currently building libreoffice-3-5, and will have some
investigation to do, after it stops.

Michael, yes, changing branches required much less bandwidth than
initially downloading.  In order to get something sensible, I had to
learn about --track, because the default on my version of GIT
(, downloaded pre-built from Google Code) seems to be
non-tracking and detached HEADs.

What's the normal delay, for a patch to get from master to
libreoffice-3-5?  I'm asking because having a delay is sensible, to
wait for obscure trouble, and mine has not made it yet.

Christian, if I resort to removing macports, is there a standard set
of instructions for cleaning up after it?

I think that, in order not to panic when I found the set of torrents
for tar-gzip files of 3.3 and 3.4 source-code, I would have needed
reassurance that future development was going to be on the GIT
repository that I had already downloaded.  I don't know how that could
be put non-confusingly onto the page that offered that source-code;
possibly by having the link to the instructions for that repository
show on that page, labeled "3.5 (beta) and later".

I'm not sure that the tinderbox is recording recent MacOSX builds.
When I click on the link in the red box, it says something about
"12/13 17:58".

None of this is urgent.  I'll come back to you-all when I have some
results from my build.


On Wed, Dec 21, 2011 at 1:38 AM, Christian Lohmaier
<lohmaier+libreoffice at googlemail.com> wrote:
> Hi James, *,
> On Tue, Dec 20, 2011 at 7:04 AM, James C
> <james.from.wellington at gmail.com> wrote:
>> [building on Mac]
>> There is also a human-sized problem, with some instructions on the
>> web-site being wrong:
>> https://bugs.freedesktop.org/show_bug.cgi?id=43920
> Your issues show that you got a polluted environment, you have
> macports/fink/whatever installed that interferes with the build.
> Building against non-Apple-provided libraries and stuff is not
> supported. Patches to shield the build-environment against
> accidentally building against those are welcome.
> To build LO on Mac: Get rid of the macports/fink/... stuff. Create an
> environment where only XCode is used. (with the exception of the mac
> dependencies when you don't use --disable-mozilla)
> ciao
> Christian

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