C2NEmu client for Linux finished and tested too!

As I was rebuilding the Windows version of my C2NEmu client I thought to also finish off the Linux build and test it.
Luckily the last time I was working on the code I managed to finish most modifications for Linux so I only had to make minor changes here and there before starting testing.

I am happy to say that the client is looking and working as expected 🙂

C2NEmu GUI client by Luigi Di Fraia

C2NEmu GUI client

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New website coming

In order to make my website at https://www.luigidifraia.com easier to maintain, I decided to base it on WordPress. I will be keeping this blog separate, at least for now, but I will be moving some information from here to there in the next few weeks.
I also plan to add previously available content gradually so expect to find more there upon your next visit!

A number of URLs and downloads were surely broken by this change, but I will address that in due course.

If you would like to access my previous website it’s still available here.

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GTK+ goodies

I am finally able to provide an up-to-date GTK+2 runtime for all versions of Windows (32 and 64 bits) along with updates to a number of my applications. The installer was created along the lines of Alexander Shaduri’s Windows installer for the GTK+2 runtime that was maintained by him until GTK version 2.24.10, which is the version suffering incredible memory leaks around graphic operations.
Not only that, but I now also have means to provide future versions of the runtime, sourced from the MSYS2 project. This is as good as it gets, to be honest 🙂

So here’s some material to start with, again it only applies to Windows users of my applications:

  1. verify if the GTK+ application you are using is one from the list at point 5 below: if it’s not, feel free to ask me for a refreshed version before proceeding further;
  2. delete all versions of the GTK+ runtime that you have been advised to install prior to installing any of my GTK+ software;
  3. delete all versions of the GTK+ applications I distributed in the past (this is quite important too!), including those bundled with a GTK runtime;
  4. install the GTK+2 win32 runtime that you can download from here;
  5. reinstall/replace the GTK+ application you were using before with the refreshed one from the list below:
    1. TAPClean Front End 0.36 (includes TAPClean 0.34-pre4)
    2. Integrator 2012 LN bundle
    3. Integrator 2012 LN2 bundle (including load pictures)
    4. Integrator 2012 LN3 bundle
    5. Integrator 2012 Time Machine bundle
    6. Integrator 2012 Vendetta bundle

If you would like a DC2N4-LC GTK+ GUI client refresh, please get in touch and I will arrange for that to happen.

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GTK+ runtime success

I just finished putting together my new build environment based on MSYS2 and I can happily build my applications based on GTK+2, which will then work on the rest of my testing PCs once I install the runtime package that I’ve put together yesterday, i.e. on my old laptop that runs Windows XP 32-bit 🙂

I am sharing an early screenshot of TAPClean Front End running on Windows 10 64-bit, compiled and running against 32-bit versions of GTK+ 2.24.31 libraries (and relevant dependencies).

TAPClean Front End running on Win 10 with GTK+ 2.24.31 runtime by Luigi Di Fraia

TAPClean Front End running on Win 10 with GTK+ 2.24.31 runtime

At some point in the future I might also decide to provide 64-bit only runtime and applications, but for the time being 32-bit binaries work best for myself.

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glib and GTK+ “fun”

This evening I had quite some “fun” testing a weird behaviour that’s occurring with pretty much all of my GTK+ applications that use glib’s function g_file_get_contents() when compiled against glib 2.28.0 but run against glib 2.52.0. I don’t think it’s a glib issue per se as I suspect that the runtime might be playing a role here.
I’ll spare further details as these could easily drive a person insane, but long story short I will have to recompile all of my GTK+ applications against GTK+ 2.24.31 and use the MSYS2 gcc toolchain moving forward.
In practical terms this means I will have to find a new IDE that allows proper application debugging. That shouldn’t be too hard though 🙂

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GTK+ installer for version 2.24.31 testing

I am testing the installer I made for GTK+ 2.24.31 with excellent results so far 🙂

Here’s the IECHost GUI Client running on Windows 10 64-bit: even the firmware update option is working as expected!

IECHost GUI client under Windows 10 64-bit by Luigi Di Fraia

IECHost GUI client under Windows 10 64-bit

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GTK+ version 2 and 3 on Windows: updates

In the afternoon today I’ve been having another look at GTK+ 3 and I have to admit that albeit the look and feel of the resulting applications is quite nice on Windows 10 (yes, haven’t downgraded to Windows 7 just yet), the interface editor, GLADE 3.x, is still as unstable as I remembered it from trying it a few years back:

IECHost client GUI created with GLADE 3 by Luigi Di Fraia

IECHost client GUI created with GLADE 3

I managed to see GLADE segfault a few times and creating a project file that would always result in subsequent segfaults. Eventually I had to manually fix the project in a text editor (it’s just XML) in order to get it back to a working state.
That’s not a good enough experience so I think I will only make marginal use of it in the future, if any.

Regarding GTK+ 2, however, I made quite some progress with the MinGW SDK and runtime testing under Windows: During my regression testing with the IECHost client compiled against GTK+ version 2.24.31 I haven’t been able to reproduce the 2 major bugs that have so far frustrated me the most. This means that there are good chances I will be providing a runtime installer for GTK 2.24.31 that will be usable for all of my GTK+ applications: TAPClean FE, The Tast Ninja Construction Kit and Integrator 2012, the GUI clients for DC2N4-LC, C2NEmu, and IECHost, to name a few. This means I will not have to provide binary packages for my GTK+ applications that include a working, and possibly application specific, runtime.

Essentially, I’m over the moon today 🙂

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