Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Fedora 32 : Can be better? part 008.

The Fedora development is not very active in the last programming language.
The main reason is the build new packages and put on the repository.
I think this can be improved with a good tool to solve all dependencies and link all into a good package.
Today I tested the new Python version 3.5.10 released on September 5th, 2020.
I download an unzip the archive and I use these commands to build this python version
[mythcat@desk ~]$ cd Python-3.5.10/
[mythcat@desk Python-3.5.10]$ ./configure
checking build system type... x86_64-pc-linux-gnu
checking host system type... x86_64-pc-linux-gnu
checking for python3.5... no
checking for python3... python3
checking for --enable-universalsdk... no
The next command is make:
[mythcat@desk Python-3.5.10]$ make
gcc -pthread -c -Wno-unused-result -Wsign-compare -DNDEBUG -g -fwrapv -O3 -Wall -Wstrict-prototypes
   -Werror=declaration-after-statement   -I. -I./Include    -DPy_BUILD_CORE -o Programs/python.o 
# On Darwin, always use the python version of the script, the shell
# version doesn't use the compiler customizations that are provided
# in python (_osx_support.py).
if test `uname -s` = Darwin; then \
 cp python-config.py python-config; \
Then I used make test.
[mythcat@desk Python-3.5.10]$ make test
running build
running build_ext
INFO: Can't locate Tcl/Tk libs and/or headers

Python build finished successfully!
For the last part I used this command:
[mythcat@desk Python-3.5.10]$ sudo make install
The result of this is ...
[mythcat@desk Python-3.5.10]$ ls
aclocal.m4     config.sub    Include          Mac              Modules  platform        python            README
build          configure     install-sh       Makefile         Objects  Programs        Python            setup.py
config.guess   configure.ac  Lib              Makefile.pre     Parser   pybuilddir.txt  python-config     Tools
config.log     Doc           libpython3.5m.a  Makefile.pre.in  PC       pyconfig.h      python-config.py
config.status  Grammar       LICENSE          Misc             PCbuild  pyconfig.h.in   python-gdb.py
[mythcat@desk Python-3.5.10]$ ./python 
Python 3.5.10 (default, Sep  6 2020, 22:32:07) 
[GCC 10.2.1 20200723 (Red Hat 10.2.1-1)] on linux
Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information.

Fedora 32 : Can be better? part 009.

The Fedora distro will be better if the development team will come with useful, accurate, and up-to-date information. A very simple example is C and C ++ programming and more precisely how to build programs and packages. Let's take a simple example of creating interfaces with GTK. Let's take a simple example of creating interfaces with GTK that require knowledge of the GCC compiler. First I install gtk3-devel package:
dnf install gtk3-devel 
The Fedora team come with a group install with many feature.
#dnf -y groupinstall "Development Tools"
I test with these examples:

int main(int   argc,
     char *argv[])
  GtkWidget *window;
  gtk_init (&argc, &argv);
  window = gtk_window_new (GTK_WINDOW_TOPLEVEL);
  gtk_window_set_title (GTK_WINDOW (window), "Hello World");
  gtk_widget_show  (window);
  gtk_main ();
  return 0;
This create a simple window with Hello World title.

static void on_window_closed(GtkWidget * widget, gpointer data)

int main(int argc, char * argv[])
    GtkWidget * window, * label;

    gtk_init(&argc, &argv);

    window = gtk_window_new(GTK_WINDOW_TOPLEVEL);

    g_signal_connect( window, "destroy", G_CALLBACK(on_window_closed), NULL);

    label = gtk_label_new("Hello, World!");

    gtk_container_add(GTK_CONTAINER(window), label);



    return 0;
This is the same example but you will see a label with te text Hello, World!.
The last example is more complex and involves the use of signals attached to the close button and the OK button.
The main window contains three labels with my name and an editbox in which you have to enter my nickname mythcat or something else.

const char *password = "mythcat";

// close the window application 
void closeApp(GtkWidget *widget, gpointer data)

// show text when you click on button 
void button_clicked(GtkWidget *button, gpointer data)
    const char *password_text = gtk_entry_get_text(GTK_ENTRY((GtkWidget *)data));

    if(strcmp(password_text, password) == 0)
        printf("Access granted for user: \"%s\"\n",password);
        printf("Access denied!\n");

int main( int argc, char *argv[])
    GtkWidget *window;
    GtkWidget *label1, *label2, *label3;
    GtkWidget *hbox;
    GtkWidget *vbox;
    GtkWidget *ok_button;
    GtkWidget *password_entry;

    gtk_init(&argc, &argv);

    window = gtk_window_new(GTK_WINDOW_TOPLEVEL);

    gtk_window_set_title(GTK_WINDOW(window), "Labels, password with one button and layout");
    gtk_window_set_position(GTK_WINDOW(window), GTK_WIN_POS_CENTER);
    gtk_window_set_default_size(GTK_WINDOW(window), 300, 200);

    g_signal_connect(G_OBJECT(window), "destroy", G_CALLBACK(closeApp), NULL);

    label1 = gtk_label_new("Catalin");
    label2 = gtk_label_new("George");
    label3 = gtk_label_new("Festila");

    password_entry = gtk_entry_new();
    gtk_entry_set_visibility(GTK_ENTRY(password_entry), FALSE);
    ok_button = gtk_button_new_with_label("OK");
    g_signal_connect(G_OBJECT(ok_button), "clicked", G_CALLBACK(button_clicked),password_entry);

    hbox = gtk_box_new(FALSE, 1);
    vbox = gtk_box_new(TRUE, 2);

    gtk_box_pack_start(GTK_BOX(vbox), label1, TRUE, FALSE, 5);
    gtk_box_pack_start(GTK_BOX(vbox), label2, TRUE, FALSE, 5);
    gtk_box_pack_start(GTK_BOX(hbox), vbox, FALSE, TRUE, 5);
    gtk_box_pack_start(GTK_BOX(hbox), label3, FALSE, FALSE, 5);
    gtk_box_pack_start(GTK_BOX(vbox), ok_button, FALSE, FALSE, 5);
    gtk_box_pack_start(GTK_BOX(hbox), password_entry, TRUE, FALSE, 5);
    gtk_container_add(GTK_CONTAINER(window), hbox);



    return 0;
The result can be seen in the following image:

I put the source code for the last example in a test.c file and compiled it like this:
[mythcat@desk ~]$ gcc test.c $(pkg-config --cflags --libs gtk+-3.0) -o test
[mythcat@desk ~]$ ./test