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Building libwww & ComLine on Windows NT. Also, is saving HTML info easier using ComLine than NN or IE?

From: Jeff Cochand <cochand@pobox.com>
Date: Thu, 4 Jun 1998 11:52:44 -0400 (EDT)
Message-ID: <3576C2F6.C415E6E2@pobox.com>
To: www-lib@w3.org
1.  Is there a clean, repeatable process for compiling libwww & ComLine
on WinNT?  (More details of my experience are at the bottom of this
message).

2.  I want to capture and save MyYahoo news headlines that I typically
view thru Netscape.  I'm thinking I could use this command line browser
to save the headlines to a file, parse that file, and enter the
headlines in the db.  Would libwww/ComLine make this any easier than
doing the same type of thing by somehow automatically saving an html
page via Netscape or IE?  I want to automate this process to run on a
daily basis.

Thanks,
Jeff



    I've tried to compile the Library and ComLine on my up to date NT
4.0 & VC++ machine.  I'm a very experienced Unix & NT developer, but
have had all kinds of problems totalling 3 hours of thus far
non-productive effort.  Maybe you can help?
    First I tried to compile ComLine using nmake at the dos prompt.  I
went thru a series of gyrations - setting up paths, commenting out
seemingly unnecessary includes (sysdep.h I think), etc.  I then realized
I needed to compile the Library first.
    I started with nmake on that & had a similar experience.  I think I
got pretty close - a Bin directory was created with www core, dll,
stream, and utils dll & ilk files in it.  Then it started complaining
about not finding include files (STAT.H).  Eventually I got into VC++,
let it create a project based on your makefile and got to the point of:

         ..\..\External\zlib.lib : fatal error LNK1106: invalid file or
     disk full: cannot seek to 0xb5a

I have an External\zlib.lib.  The disk isn't full, I guess the file is
invalid.  I bagged out thinking maybe my hacking of the makefile screwed
something up.
    I started over, clean unzip (which doesn't smoothly unzip BTW),
right into VC++ with Library\src\windows.  For some reason I get the
error:

      LINK : fatal error LNK1104: cannot open file
     ".\../../../Bin/Debug\wwwdll.dll

Obviously I got past this the first time, as a bin\debug dir exists as
described above, however I've lost confidence in the entire build
process you guys have set up.  I'm going thru a lot of hassle & am
skeptical of w3c/ComLine ever doing the job for me.  Any advice?

Thanks,
Jeff Cochand
978-526-7134
cochand@pobox.com
Received on Thursday, 4 June 1998 14:57:29 GMT

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