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The Banana Peel
Freeciv 2.0.0 Beta 2 
Thursday, October 28, 2004, 8:00 AM
On October 22nd, the second beta of Freeciv 2.0.0 was announced. The final version of Freeciv 2.0.0 will be released sometime in November. A non-exhaustive list of the new features and changes in 2.0.0 can be found here.

I put together a package for Mac OS X that you can download and try out.

Aside from being built from the beta 2 code base, his package primarily sports these improvements:
  1. The package is now smaller (4.4MB instead of 7.4MB), because I took the time to figure out which libraries are really needed and threw out the rest.
  2. All items in the package are now placed under a top-level folder within the .DMG file, so that you can just drag the whole thing to your machine without having to create a folder first.
  3. Previous packages relied on setting the DYLD_LIBRARY_PATH environment variable to run. This package doesn't need it due to some interesting utilities that is part of way Mac OS X handles dynamic libraries. Specifically, I am talking about the otool and install_name_tool.
Download it, try it, and have fun!

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Wednesday, October 6, 2004, 3:54 AM
It took me a while to find the time to put this together, as other things got in the way. However, here it is.

Please let me know if the problems reported have all been resolved.


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freeciv-cvs-Sep-18.dmg Follow Up 
Saturday, September 25, 2004, 7:19 AM
Okay. I think I might have a solution to the two problems reported with the September 18th package.

To recap, if the game server is run from the Saved Games folder using the civserver alias provided therein, you get the following error when you enter the start command:
2: Loading rulesets
1: Trying alternative ruleset filename syntax.
0: Could not find a readable "techs" ruleset file.
Furthermore, even if you work around it by running civserver from the directory, it can exit unexpectedly, and upon doing so, complains something about missing SDL_mixer support.

Basically, I think civserver needs the FREECIV_PATH and maybe the DYLD_LIBRARY_PATH environment variables to be set properly.

When you launch the game client, these are set automatically. I will work out a solution where they will be set for the game server as well.

Stay tuned....
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Tuesday, September 21, 2004, 2:18 AM
I've produced an updated package of the CVS version of Freeciv for Mac OS X that does not have a dependency on /opt/local/lib. Thanks to emj of the Freeciv forum for providing the tip that eventually led me to this solution (as well as the basis for my package).

This package has been tested only on Mac OS X Panther, and requires that you install X11 from the Panther installation disks.

As always, I welcome feedback.

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PowerToys for Windows 
Saturday, September 18, 2004, 9:51 AM
I really like the Open Command Window Here PowerToy Microsoft released for Windows XP. However, there is no reason that it shouldn't work on Windows 2000.

Furthermore, I am using the commnad-line tools that comes w/ Visual Studio .NET 2003 such regasm, tlbexp, and xsd quite a bit. Instead of opening the Visual Studio .NET 2003 Command Prompt shortcut, change to the right directory, and then run the desired command-line program(s), I hacked the registry to give myself the Open VS.NET 2003 Command Window Here PowerToy to eliminate the need to manually change to the appropriate directory. This hack, however, assumes that Visual Studio .NET 2003 is installed in the C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2003 directory.

You can download both of these PowerToys here. Just double-click on the .reg files to install them. The standard "AS IS" disclaimer applies.

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