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Re: configure fails on checking ino_t

Hi Ken,

thanks for this - both 32-bit and 64-bit Geomview from
your repository work as expected. I was able to run
SaVi ( under both, with OpenGL and
piping between Geomview and SaVi working so that
SaVi could control Geomview.

(64-bit working with SaVi was a pleasant surprise -
I had not been able to get piping between Geomview
and remote control apps working previously in 64-bit,
when compiling Geomview myself. And 64-bit OpenGL
is good to finally see working, too.)

However, Geomview's supplied modules aren't listed in
the right panel of its main window,
suggesting it hasn't been configured and built with xforms
and with Tcl/Tk, which its modules need. I have
some notes with hints on this at:

Add in the Geomview modules in a -2, and I think both 32- and
64-bit Geomview will be more than good to include in Cygwin
distributions, which would be worthwhile since building
Geomview can be very tricky.(*)

On a related note, as you're associated with Cornell Math
you know of DsTool. Patrick Worfolk worked on the v3 Tk version of
that before he did SaVi, which I maintain, and it
can also work with Geomview.

DsTool can be made to work on 32-bit Cygwin with Tcl/Tk 8.5
(not 64-bit or 8.6 - seems to be reaching end of life as
is) and could, with a bit of updating, be
made current as another optional Geomview
module that can also run standalone without
Geomview, just like SaVi.
I have some notes on DsTool at
and there's some recent discussion of DsTool on the
geomview-users mailing list.

(*) Okay, I'm now aware of the BLODA issue, which likely
explains why configure tests fail in my building Geomview,
suggests that anything needing autotools to build may be best
off as an installable package, and also helps explain
why Cygwin is slow, particularly in disk accesses,
on an i5 machine, and why my typing in cygwin
occasionally does things like:

$ whhhicccchhhhhhhhhhhh   geeomview 
bash: whhhicccchhhhhhhhhhhh: command not found

Lloyd Wood 

From: Ken Brown <>
Cc: Lloyd Wood <>
Sent: Saturday, 10 June 2017, 6:39
Subject: Re: configure fails on checking ino_t

On 6/7/2017 2:21 AM, Lloyd Wood via cygwin wrote:

> download geomview 1.9.5 from
> this used to build on cygwin 32-bit.

I've just build geomview-1.9.5 on both 32-bit and 64-bit Cygwin, using 
the attached cygport file and patches.

If it works well, I'll propose it for inclusion in the Cygwin 
distribution.  I have no experience with geomview, so I can't really 
test it adequately.  Would you be willing to try out my build and tell 
me if it seems OK?

If so, you can get it from my personal Cygwin repository:

There are instructions at that site.  Note: I have other packages there 
that you probably don't want to install, so be careful to just choose 
geomview (and let setup install its dependencies).


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