2016-11-28

Abiword for EL-7

Over Thanksgiving break, I decided to go through a long list of emails that were marked "when you have a spare moment". I really didn't have one but I realized that many of those emails were crufty and old. One was some people asking about getting abiword together for EL-7. This looked like a straightforward enough task so I got into it and started working out all the packages that would need to be branched to say EPEL and what would be needed to compile them.
At first the packages were pretty easy to bring over from Fedora:

  • ./aiksaurus/aiksaurus-1.2.1-34.el7.centos.src.rpm
  • ./gtkmathview/gtkmathview-0.8.0-19.el7.centos.src.rpm 
  • ./libwps/libwps-0.4.4-1.el7.centos.src.rpm 
  • ./wv/wv-1.2.9-13.el7.centos.src.rpm 
  • ./loudmouth/loudmouth-1.5.3-1.el7.centos.src.rpm  
  • ./ots/ots-0.5.0-12.el7.centos.src.rpm
Then we got to the ones which didn't compile so cleanly.
  • ./minisat/minisat2-2.2.0-5.fc18.src.rpm
  • ./link-grammar/link-grammar-5.0.8-3.el7.centos.src.rpm
  • ./abiword/abiword-3.0.1-12.el7.centos.src.rpm

The latest minisat2 does compile but I was getting all kinds of compilation errors with link-grammar-5.3 in using it. Backing down to an older version of minisat2 and link-grammar I could get other parts to compile but I could not get abiword to compile. Through some pointers from Yaakov  Selkowitz who had dealt with this package in Cygwin, I was able to get it compiled. I then opened an email to the link-grammar people who figured out that there was a bug in their code when compiling on CentOS or Scientific Linux.  They haven't spun a new release with the fix yet but when they do I can update the packages.  At the moment, the abiword package has to be compiled with the --disable-introspection flag which probably limits some functionality.
In the end, we have a set of packages now available for testing a copr:


[smooge-Abiword]
name=Copr repo for Abiword owned by smooge
baseurl=https://copr-be.cloud.fedoraproject.org/results/smooge/Abiword/epel-7-$basearch/
type=rpm-md
skip_if_unavailable=True
gpgcheck=1
gpgkey=https://copr-be.cloud.fedoraproject.org/results/smooge/Abiword/pubkey.gpg
repo_gpgcheck=0
enabled=1
enabled_metadata=1

Good luck and let me know if it works for you.
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