[fpc-pascal] Installing FPC 2.4.4 for Ubuntu / Mint + other thoughts

Ludo Brands ludo.brands at free.fr
Wed Jun 15 16:14:17 CEST 2011

A quick improvement for
ftp://ftp.hu.freepascal.org/pub/fpc/dist/2.4.4/i386-linux/deb/ is to
"upgrade" it to a repository. 
Include the attached file in the above directory and you can access it as
normal repository by adding "deb
ftp://ftp.hu.freepascal.org/pub/fpc/dist/2.4.4/i386-linux/deb/ ./" to
/etc/apt/sources.list (or using the "Software Sources" application in
ubuntu). The file is created with dpkg-scanpackages and compressed. I've
tried this on my local ftp server after having copied all deb's and both a
fresh install and the upgrade from 2.4.0 (original ubuntu one) to 2.4.4
worked fine by installing/upgrading the meta package fpc. 
Since I don't know the PGP key used to create the deb's I do get NOT
AUTHENTICATED warnings when installing fpc. The key is different from the
one used for the old lazarus repository

-----Message d'origine-----
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[mailto:fpc-pascal-bounces at lists.freepascal.org] De la part de Juha Manninen
Envoyé : mardi 14 juin 2011 19:12
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Objet : [fpc-pascal] Installing FPC 2.4.4 for Ubuntu / Mint + other thoughts

I found the packages for Debian / Ubuntu / Mint :

How to install it?
Am I really supposed to download those ~40 packages separately and then
install them in some specific order?
Other people have brougt this up, too, and I understand why. I just want to
have a working compiler for Lazarus SVN versions but it is difficult.

I had to change my machine configuration, USB web-stick doesn't work on my
Linux, I have a new Windows 7, Mint Linux on VirtualBox etc.
It makes me angry that I can't install FPC and Lazarus easily.
I know how the casual visitors feel when they can't install easily. For 90%
of them it is a turn-off and they go to test something else.
That is why I wrote earlier that an easy installation would be a
"killer-feature" for both FPC and Lazarus. There would be 10 times more
people trying it (100% instead of 10%).

How to improve it?
For windows, I have explained some errors in the installation instructions.
The source link leads to a wrong place.
Also, the sources are not included in the default package even they are
needed practically always. I wrote earlier about it.
Also, if someone wants a compiler fo 64-bit Windows, he certainly selects
the wrong cross-compiler because it is mentioned only in the very end. I did
the same mistake again just few days ago.

On Linux, even a major distro like Ubuntu has so old versions of FPC and
Lazarus. Why? I guess the releases should be advertized more to some
maintainers. How does it work in practice? Who advertizes to who?

Next I will try Suse and Sabayon under VirtualBox, I hope they work. At
least they have easy-to-install, recent FPC packages. I really don't know
why Ubuntu is so popular...


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