Re: [gtk-osx-users] GTK+ macOS: fontconfig

I guess I should reiterate that I stopped supporting MacOS earlier than MacOS X 10.9 a year ago, and that 
will soon change to 10.10 -- and that means that building for i386 is not really supported either. Add to 
that that Apple announced at WWDC next year that 10.14 will support i386 in some sort of reduced-performance 
mode and that 10.15 won't have any i386 support at all. 10.13.3+ already puts up a snotty message about 
32-bit binaries.

BTW I've gotten bug reports with the stub libraries on older MacOS versions so I've reverted to building on a 
VM of the oldest version of MacOS that I intend users to run on, generally meaning 10.9.

John Ralls

On Mar 22, 2018, at 11:55 AM, John Ralls <jralls ceridwen us> wrote:

What version of OSX? Did you start from bootstrap in a completely clean prefix?

John Ralls

On Mar 22, 2018, at 11:25 AM, Jeffrey Sheen <jeffrey sheen00 alumni imperial ac uk> wrote:

Hi John,

Thank you for your help so far. I managed to build a version of gtk including freetype for the native 
architecture of my machine (x86_64).

However, I need an i386 build for the distribution, and have encountered linker errors after altering 
`.jhbuildrc-custom' to:

setup_sdk(target='10.7', sdk_version=None, architectures=['i386'])

The errors are all of the form:

Undefined symbols for architecture i386:
 "_main", referenced from:
     start in crt1.10.6.o
ld: symbol(s) not found for architecture i386
clang: error: linker command failed with exit code 1 (use -v to see invocation)

Having read the docs, I believe I have the `setup_sdk' parameterisation correct, but perhaps you can spot 
my mistake?

On 16 March 2018 at 21:20, Jeffrey Sheen <jeffrey sheen00 alumni imperial ac uk> wrote:
Thank you John. I'll try altering the build parameters as you've suggested.

I take your point about native font management.

The issue is that we've found Win32 native font selection to be erratic, changing fonts between Pango 
layout objects, despite a static font description. We now bundle fonts with the distributable to assure 

If there is a native way to stream in packaged fonts other than fontconfig, then we will try that.

On 16 Mar 2018 20:52, "John Ralls" <jralls ceridwen us> wrote:

On Mar 16, 2018, at 1:35 PM, Jeffrey Sheen <jeffrey sheen00 alumni imperial ac uk> wrote:

Dear list,

I have a project that I am porting to macOS that uses the GTK+ stack, specifically pango+cairo+fontconfig.

The code relies on being able to create `FcConfig' (fontconfig) objects and call 
`pango_fc_font_map_set_config' to bind them to pango.

After following the build steps on the wiki, I found that the built product did not include the 
fontconfig libraries or headers, or the interop header files for pango.

I was expecting to find `fontconfig/fontconfig.h' and `pango/pangofc-fontmap.h'.

Is there a build setting that I must alter/add to target fontconfig?


N.B. I had previously asked this question to gtk-osx-devel-list, but was redirected to gtk-osx-users-list.

For code like that there's meta-gtk-osx-freetype. Add that to your module list or make it a dependency of 
your app's module.

However, if you have commit on the project it would be more portable to *not* use fontconfig objects so 
that Pango can use the native font backends on platforms other than X11.

John Ralls

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