Package Details: golly 4.2-1

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Package Base: golly
Description: A simulator for Conway's Game of Life and other cellular automata
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Keywords: automata cell cellular conway game life simulator
Licenses: GPL
Submitter: None
Maintainer: Jake
Last Packager: Jake
Votes: 109
Popularity: 0.085622
First Submitted: 2008-07-25 09:19 (UTC)
Last Updated: 2023-01-14 13:54 (UTC)

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maksverver commented on 2023-02-09 21:52 (UTC)

Perl scripting is no longer supported in the official release, but the source code for it is still present, and the current PKGBUILD enables Perl scripting manually.

However, as it happens the current build doesn't work with the current version of Perl (5.36.0) because of a missing symbol (Perl_newSV_type). It turns out that fixing it is far from trivial because of the nonstandard way Golly uses Perl (it uses dlopen() to access on demand, rather than having a binary dependency on directly).

Perhaps the time has come to drop Perl support from the PKGBUILD. It does seem more consistent with the Arch Linux packaging principles as described here:

Here is an updated PKGBUILD without Perl support:

AlephAlpha commented on 2023-02-09 03:14 (UTC)

Is the perl dependency still required? I think Perl scripting support was removed in version 2.8.

luke2625 commented on 2023-01-20 13:45 (UTC)

makserver: Now it works, I retried just now and it installed without problems.

maksverver commented on 2023-01-20 04:01 (UTC) (edited on 2023-01-20 04:01 (UTC) by maksverver)

Luke: it works fine for me. Can you generate debug info including the command that fails? Something like:

cd src/golly-4.2-src/gui-wx
make -f makefile-gtk -d

...should print more information.

luke2625 commented on 2023-01-18 11:53 (UTC) (edited on 2023-01-18 11:53 (UTC) by luke2625)

Can't install latest version on my Arch Linux

/bin/sh: syntax error at line 1: `(' unexpected

make: *** [makefile-gtk:226: ObjGTK/wxprefs.o] Error 3

Jake commented on 2022-07-18 20:18 (UTC)

I changed it to wxwidgets-gtk3 now, because I could not get it to compile with WX_CONFIG = wx-config --toolkit=qt and the -qt5 package also has the same provides.

Let me know when there is a ways to build with Qt5/6, would be happy to support that as option.

dack commented on 2022-07-15 19:10 (UTC)

This could probably just depend on "wxwidgets" (which is provided by wxwidgets-gtk3) instead of a specific gtk version.

dimich commented on 2022-07-14 20:43 (UTC)

wxgtk2 is no longer available in AUR but Golly is being built and works smoothly with wxwidgets-gtk3.

Jake commented on 2022-01-22 14:31 (UTC)

@dithpri: Thanks for the info, I added sdl2 now.

dithpri commented on 2022-01-18 07:59 (UTC)

Build fails due to missing SDL2 dependecy