[Dev-luatex] Building LuaTeX under Windows using the Netbeans IDE [hope not too off-topic]

Graham Douglas graham.douglas at readytext.co.uk
Mon Nov 12 14:31:00 CET 2012


Dear All

Apologies in advance if this is too off-topic for the list. For a couple
of years I've been building LuaTeX
under Windows using MSYS/MinGW --- simply running build.sh from the
shell. Works well.
However, I would really like to use an IDE to step through code and
understand more about the
source code of LuaTeX. I'm accustomed to using Visual Studio but I also
just discovered the
Netbeans IDE

http://netbeans.org/

It's particularly interesting because it lets you checkout an SVN
repository and import
it straight into the IDE. I've managed to do that for the LuaTeX
repository, but that's as
far as I get. Before I spend too much time trying to create a working
build process with Netbeans,
I was wondering if anyone else has tried this route? If it could be made
to work it could
create a really nice envionment for building/exploring LuaTeX,
especially on Windows.

I readily confess to a serious lack of knowledge in Linux-based build
processes so I would be
very grateful for any advice. If I can get it working I'll write it up
on my blog (or elsewhere?)
for others to share --- but I'll need some help to get going, or advice
that it can't be done.

Many thanks in advance.

Cheers
Graham



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