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

From: Henrik Frystyk Nielsen <frystyk@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 04 Jun 1998 16:06:54 -0400
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To: Jeff Cochand <cochand@pobox.com>, www-lib@w3.org
At 11:52 6/4/98 -0400, Jeff Cochand wrote: 
>>>>
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). 
<<<<

No, because there are no clean, repeatable way of giving out makefiles on
WinNT. This is a sad state of affairs, but the best thing in order to
compile libwww is to use the MSVC make files that come with the code.

>>>>
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. 
<<<<

You can indeed use the comline tool for doing this.
>>>>

    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:
<<<<
Please read the instructions at

	http://www.w3.org/INSTALL.html#Windows

for how to compile on Windows.
>>>>
 
    ..\..\External\zlib.lib : fatal error LNK1106: invalid file or disk
full: cannot seek to 0xb5a
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I think zlib may have been corrupted by my CVS - I have told it that it is
a binary file but it may still have some problems. If it is corrupt then
please get the zlib files directly from

	http://www.winimage.com/zLibDll/
>>>>
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
<<<<

Sounds like the file is in use - are you compiling or running the program?
What do you mean that it doesn't unzip smoothly?
>>>>
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? 
<<<<

Henrik

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Henrik Frystyk Nielsen,
World Wide Web Consortium
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Received on Thursday, 4 June 1998 16:06:34 GMT

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