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    Default How to compile and run GNU xboard ?

    Hi all,

    probably this isn't the first question in that respect,
    but I would at least be glad about a link explaining on how to compile and run software,
    available only by means of source.

    I am a quite experienced C programmer, but I never compiled a C program under Linux.

    GNU xboard is a graphical interface for playing chess, that can be used either to access
    the Free Internet Chess Server, Free Internet Chess Server (FICS),
    or to communicate with Crafty, a chess engine running on the (or my) PC itself,
    i.e. not in the 'cloud'.

    On XBoard - GNU Project - Free Software Foundation there is a link to a precompiled version of xboard,
    which points to download.opensuse.org/repositories/openSUSE:/Factory:/Contrib/,
    but this link is dead!

    xboard had been included in openSUSE 10.2. But that's some time ago...

    Seems that I need to compile GNU xboard from source.

    2nd question: If I should succeed in compiling and running xboard,
    is there a place where I could contribute the resulting files, so that others
    don't have to do the same job again ?

    Thanks in advance!
    Mike

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    Default Re: How to compile and run GNU xboard ?

    Quote Originally Posted by ratzi
    Hi all,

    probably this isn't the first question in that respect,
    but I would at least be glad about a link explaining on how to compile
    and run software,
    available only by means of source.

    I am a quite experienced C programmer, but I never compiled a C program
    under Linux.

    GNU xboard is a graphical interface for playing chess, that can be used
    either to access
    the Free Internet Chess Server, 'Free Internet Chess Server (FICS)'
    (http://www.freechess.org/),
    or to communicate with Crafty, a chess engine running on the (or my)
    PC itself,
    i.e. not in the 'cloud'.

    On 'XBoard - GNU Project - Free Software Foundation'
    (http://www.gnu.org/software/xboard/) there is a link to a precompiled
    version of xboard,
    which points to
    download.opensuse.org/repositories/openSUSE:/Factory:/Contrib/,
    but this link is dead!

    xboard had been included in openSUSE 10.2. But that's some time ago...

    Seems that I need to compile GNU xboard from source.

    2nd question: If I should succeed in compiling and running xboard,
    is there a place where I could contribute the resulting files, so that
    others
    don't have to do the same job again ?

    Thanks in advance!
    Mike

    Hi
    Your not looking in the right place
    http://software.opensuse.org/package/xboard
    In the games repository.... just a click away

    If you click on the actual repository name, games, it will take you to
    the Open Build Service, look under sources and click on the xboard.spec
    file, you can see how it's compiled.

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    josephkk NNTP User

    Default Re: How to compile and run GNU xboard ?

    On Fri, 14 Sep 2012 22:30:04 GMT, malcolmlewis
    <malcolmlewis@no-mx.forums.opensuse.org> wrote:

    >
    Quote Originally Posted by ratzi
    >Hi all,
    >
    >probably this isn't the first question in that respect,
    >but I would at least be glad about a link explaining on how to compile
    >and run software,
    >available only by means of source.
    >
    >I am a quite experienced C programmer, but I never compiled a C program
    >under Linux.
    >
    >GNU xboard is a graphical interface for playing chess, that can be used
    >either to access
    >the Free Internet Chess Server, 'Free Internet Chess Server (FICS)'
    >(http://www.freechess.org/),
    >or to communicate with Crafty, a chess engine running on the (or my)
    >PC itself,
    >i.e. not in the 'cloud'.
    >
    >On 'XBoard - GNU Project - Free Software Foundation'
    >(http://www.gnu.org/software/xboard/) there is a link to a precompiled
    >version of xboard,
    >which points to
    >download.opensuse.org/repositories/openSUSE:/Factory:/Contrib/,
    >but this link is dead!
    >
    >xboard had been included in openSUSE 10.2. But that's some time ago...
    >
    >Seems that I need to compile GNU xboard from source.
    >
    >2nd question: If I should succeed in compiling and running xboard,
    >is there a place where I could contribute the resulting files, so that
    >others
    >don't have to do the same job again ?
    >
    >Thanks in advance!
    >Mike
    >
    >
    >
    >Hi
    >Your not looking in the right place
    >http://software.opensuse.org/package/xboard
    >In the games repository.... just a click away
    >
    >If you click on the actual repository name, games, it will take you to
    >the Open Build Service, look under sources and click on the xboard.spec
    >file, you can see how it's compiled.


    Not only that there are other choices for graphical boards for various
    chess play engines, all in the repositories. Search on chess in yast.

    ?-)

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    Default Re: How to compile and run GNU xboard ?

    Dear Malcolm,
    thanks a lot!
    That was a viable link.
    Installing from software.opensuse.org/package/xboard worked pretty well !

    Dear josephkk,
    Thank you! I'll try that.

    Best wishes
    Mike

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