Building eeshow on Ubuntu 14.04

I just wanted to document this: I wanted to generate PDFs of schematics and boards from the command line; as far as I could gather from Command line to plot pdf - KiCad itself does not have this facility, and apparently eeplot from eeshow does have it.

So, I tried to build eeshow from source, and it turns out, on Ubuntu 14.04 with its default libraries, there are errors that appear, like these:

file/git-util.c: In function ‘git_repo_is_dirty’:
file/git-util.c:56:2: error: unknown type name ‘git_checkout_options’
file/git-util.c:64:35: error: ‘GIT_CHECKOUT_OPTIONS_VERSION’ undeclared (first use in this function)
file/git-file.c: In function ‘get_data’:
file/git-file.c:327:3: error: unknown type name ‘git_buf’
file/git-file.c:329:3: warning: implicit declaration of function ‘git_object_short_id’
file/git-file.c:332:3: warning: implicit declaration of function ‘git_buf_free’

It turns out, this is because the default libgit2-dev on Ubuntu 14.04 is version 0.19.0-2; and in that version, indeed there are no structs like git_buf etc. So, we’d need a newer version of the libgit2 - thankfully, it is possible to use the version from Ubuntu 16.04 (which is libgit2-dev version 0.24.1-2) just for this build - and this is what I did:

git clone eeshow_git
cd eeshow_git
sudo apt-get install libgtk-3-dev libcairo2-dev transfig imagemagick # all dependencies, except for libgit2-dev
mkdir libgit2-dev_0.24.1-2
cd libgit2-dev_0.24.1-2
for ix in ../*.deb; do echo $ix; dpkg -x $ix .; done # unpack the debs here
cd ..
## Here, do the changes in the Makefile as in the below patch; and then:

Here are the changes done in the Makefile:

diff --git a/Makefile b/Makefile
index fb1ec41..a5f6e57 100644
--- a/Makefile
+++ b/Makefile
 ICONS = delta diff
+# pkg-config --cflags libgit2 ; pkg-config --libs libgit2 - replaced
+# SO:18136918
+mkfile_path := $(abspath $(lastword $(MAKEFILE_LIST)))
+#mkfile_dir := $(notdir $(patsubst %/,%,$(dir $(mkfile_path))))
+mkfile_dir := $(dir $(mkfile_path))
+$(info $$mkfile_path is [${mkfile_path}])
+$(info $$mkfile_dir is [${mkfile_dir}])
 CFLAGS = -g  -Wall -Wextra -Wno-unused-parameter -Wshadow \
      -Wmissing-prototypes -Wmissing-declarations \
      -I. \
      `pkg-config --cflags cairo` \
-     `pkg-config --cflags libgit2` \
+     -I./libgit2-dev_0.24.1-2/usr/include/ \
      `pkg-config --cflags gtk+-3.0`
 LDLIBS = -lm \
      `pkg-config --libs cairo` \
-     `pkg-config --libs libgit2` \
+     -L./libgit2-dev_0.24.1-2/usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu -Wl,-rpath,$(mkfile_dir)/libgit2-dev_0.24.1-2/usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu -lgit2 -lz -lcrypto \
      `pkg-config --libs gtk+-3.0`
 GIT_VERSION = $(shell git log -1 --format='%h' -s .)

With this, eeshow, eeplot etc will compile, and they will run initially.

However, note that if you run the example recommended in :

git clone
cd ee/hw

… the project will fail to load with a Segmentation fault:

$ /path/to/eeshow
/usr/local/kicad/library/kicad-libs/components/powered.lib: No such file or directory
/usr/local/kicad/library/kicad-libs/components/powered.lib: No such file or directory
Segmentation fault (core dumped)

… and that is likely because I use my KiCad from the build directory (as in, “portable”), I do not have it installed in system locations. Still, at least the eeshow project executables build fine, so hopefully eventually I figure out how to use them…

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