Re: [Gimp-developer] How to compile a vala GIMP plugin on Windows pc?

Thanks everyone, for your valuable input.


* I have installed msys2 on my windows 8 pc.
* I have installed vala development tools (and its dependencies, gcc
compiler, etc) also.
* I am able to compile vala prog/scripts successfully. This includes
standalone prog/scripts as well as library dependent prog/scripts.
* As an example of 3rd party library prog compilation: I installed
Gtk3 library. Later, I compiled my sample prog/script via: valac
--pkg=gtk+-3.0 testing_gtk.vala
The prog compiled without any warnings and it is working ok.

* UNRESOLVED ISSUE: Compiling GIMP 2.99.x plugin using vala:

In order to compile a prog/script/plugin relating to a 3rd party
library, vala requires:
1) C Header files of that library
2) Vapi (binding) file/s of that library

Question 1: To get GIMP header files and vapi (binding) file/s, which
version/repo of GIMP should I download? Please specify exact url link
of the resource to avoid possible mixup.

Question 2: Please specify path of the folder/folder-tree where GIMP
header files are stored.

Question 3: Please specify path of the folder/folder-tree where vala
vapi (binding) files are stored.

Any other tips, guidance in this regard shall be appreciated.


On Monday, January 4, 2021, Bill Ross via gimp-developer-list <
gimp-developer-list gnome org> wrote:

To be clear, I don't speak for gimp, haven't worked on it even, but did
look into Windows programming for a possible job during a dry spell, and
I'd rather code in COBOL with vi. So, sorry the intent was wasted.
-------- Original message --------From: Christopher Curtis via
gimp-developer-list <gimp-developer-list gnome org> Date: 1/3/21  6:48
PM  (GMT-08:00) To: gimp-developer <gimp-developer-list gnome org>
Subject: Re: [Gimp-developer] [Gimp-user] How to compile a vala GIMP plugin
  on Windows pc? These are incredibly unhelpful responses.It is fine to
evangelize if you are also providing useful information, butone cannot
simultaneously bemoan the lack of developers for a particularplatform and
also chastise those developing on that platform.To the original questioner,
I would suggest following Jernej's advice. I,unfortunately, don't regularly
use Windows or Vala, but there are claims ofVala support in 2.99.4 so
someone must have had some success. I do have aWindows 10 machine that I
installed Debian on using WSL2 (I may have eveninstalled it from the
Microsoft Store) - that may be an easier solutionthan installing MSys2, but
I cannot say authoritatively. If nothing else,it may be a better first step
to ensure you can build the plugin onGIMP's primary development
environment, then try it with MSys2.If you can document your Windows Vala
Plugin build process in the Wiki thatwould be even better. This may be
useful to get started:
WindowsIdeally, GIMP would provide a Windows SDK that plugins could be
builtagainst, but I don't know if anyone has considered that. It's
quitepossible that with GObject introspection simply installing the
GIMPexecutable provides that function and you only need a Vala compiler
tocompile the Vala code (I don't know how linking works in that case, but
itsounds nice).ChrisOn Sun, Jan 3, 2021 at 5:52 PM Bill Ross via
gimp-developer-list <gimp-developer-list gnome org> wrote:> If you can
find any online docs on Windows programming, that should> finish convincing
you.>> Bill>> On 1/3/21 12:36 PM, Ruben Safir wrote:> > Save yourself a
life time of trouble and switch ovr the a GNU system now> -->>
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