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Re: Install KiCad on non Ubuntu distros - best way?


On 07/02/2013 12:48 PM, Fabrizio Tappero wrote:
> Hello,
> I have updated the instructions to install KiCad on Debian and other distros...
> http://www.kicad-pcb.org/display/KICAD/KiCad+EDA+Software+Suite

Quoting from the site:

That is it. You now have the latest version of KiCad. If, at any time, you want to update
your version of KiCad you do the following:

cd /opt/kicad.bzr
bzr update
cd build
rm -rf *
cmake ../
sudo make install


I think the update procedure is not correct.  If you do "rm -rf *" then your
CMakeCache.txt file is gone, and the line

cmake ../

becomes insufficient.

I would replace these two lines which I mention, with one line:

make clean

which is followed by

This is probably adequate.

> the whole process takes however veeeeery long time a lots of space.

Really?  Can you elaborate on what is consuming the time and the space.  Narrow down the
problem as you see it please.

> Does any body knows a better way? I am not sure a direct link like
> this
> http://kicad.tuturutu.cz/
> could be a solution because the software update process would be not
> really automatic.
> Is there any change we could add here:
> sudo add-apt-repository ppa:adamwolf/kicad-testing-daily
> a non-ubuntu repo?
> how about an install script for all linux distro?

Has anyone had success packaging wxWidgets in a premade DSO format, same binaries for all
linux platforms?  If not, then it seems unlikely we could do this.  What other
(commercial) EDA tools do is provide many of the GUI libraries as part of the prebuilt
binaries.  Check around about a prebuilt wxWidgets DSO set that could accompany a
pre-built KiCad.  This is more of a wx investigation.

> how about a check
> for updates inside KiCad itself? ... just throwing ideas...
> Cheers
> Fabrizio
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