[arch-dev-public] Dropping freeorion from [community]

Alexander Rødseth rodseth at gmail.com
Sun Oct 20 18:01:49 EDT 2013


Freeorion is extremely troublesome to maintain. There are no releases
of source tarballs for Linux, it takes ages to compile, it fails if
it's built by using more than one thread (needs make -j1), it needs
patching, the "make install" procedure does not work, there are (or
has been) missing includes, it has no .desktop file, it needs special
cmake flags in order to use the correct version of python, special
cmake flags for C++, modifications to the ogre configuration, a custom
script in order to launch correctly, huge amounts of memory to compile
and it comes with it's own fork of gigi, a GUI library for C++, which
it does not compile without. Upstream is somewhat cooperative, but
needs convincing before looking at any problem and doesn't seem to
care for Linux.

Several TUs have previously maintained it, but orphaned it in
frustration. It also takes up a lot of space in the repository. When
asking if someone would be interested in maintaining it in, the
immediate response from three others was "orhpan it".

Hence, I'll move it to AUR.

Best regards,
  Alexander Rødseth
  xyproto / TU

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