[sword-devel] Windows Subsystem for Linux - Sword, utilities for Windows

Dudeck, John John.Dudeck at sim.org
Wed Sep 25 11:15:14 MST 2019


Thanks for your reply. I was wondering if there was someone in the wider community that had tried to use WSL with Sword, because I am on the verge of wanting to try it myself.

Given that there is not an official Windows build of the utilities, and that our team is dependent on creating Sword modules in Windows, I am to the point of wanting to establish our own capability of building the tools for Windows. I could set up a Linux machine, but my available workspace is maxed out, and so I had the idea of using WSL.

As for whether or not the osis2mod in Subversion is working correctly or not, I can't answer that question if I don't have a Linux installation, hence my question about WSL. The Windows version of osis2mod in the latest distribution of Xiphos is NOT working correctly as far as I can tell. Our modules do not have linked verse ranges, whereas that was working correctly with osis2mod version 2893 (but which doesn't have the French versifications that we need).

Theoretically if an installation in WSL can be used to create modules, that might be a solution for our team instead of using the Windows utilities. It depends on how easily and reliably such installations can be set up and maintained on our Windows workstations.



On Tue, Sep 24, 2019 at 7:43 PM Dudeck, John < John.Dudeck at sim.org<mailto:John.Dudeck at sim.org> > wrote:

Has anyone built Sword in the Windows Subsystem for Linux? Has anyone built the Windows utilities this way?

I have no access to a Windows machine at present. My Surface is on indefinitely loan to a friend who is in school. I haven't touched it.

If so, please point me to a tutorial on how to set it up and use it.

I am getting desperate for a build of osis2mod for windows that correctly handles verse range linking in commentaries. The current version 3141 in Xiphos does not link all verses in a verse range to the commentary for that range.

I brought up this problem several months ago. I have been waiting patiently. I still do not see any updated utilities in the usual places.

Is this problem fixed in Subversion? If it's not fixed there, you'll not see an update to the Windows utils that reflect the fix.

If it is, then you'll need to wait until I curate a 1.8.2 release that includes the relevant patches. At that point I'll make a new build of the Windows utilities in the Fedora MinGW toolchain, then create a release of the utils to my own download area.

Just a friendly reminder: there are NO official Windows builds of the utilities. Anything that exists in the Windows world for the utils exists solely from my hands. And I own neither a Windows machine nor do I contribute at all to the development of the utils. I only curate the release branches and do the builds for the Fedora packages, including the MinGW version. Those versions are identical to the Xiphos for Windows release, which simply package up the same files from my same builds. The only official versions of the utilities are built directly from Subversion on Linux hosts.

John Dudeck
Programmer at Editions Cle                             Lyon, France
john.dudeck at sim.org                            john at editionscle.com
"God wants, man dreams, the work is born." -- Fernando Pessoa

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