Installing Code::Blocks from source on RPM based distributions

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General instructions

The build requirements in the source RPM are set to a minimum. So it isn't checked whether wxGTK is installed or not. So you have to take a look at it yourself.

This has to be installed:

  1. wxGTK and its devel package
  2. wxGTK-xrc and its devel package (in some distributions included in the packages of point 1)

Compiling the Release Candidate 2

1. Download the source RPM from

2. Build the binary package as root

rpmbuild --rebuild codeblocks-1.0-rc2.src.rpm

3. The binary RPM should be in one of the subdirectories of /usr/src/packages/RPMS

Compiling the CVS/SVN version

1. You need a fresh CVS/SVN version (described here Compiling_Code::Blocks_in_Linux_(applies_to_all_distros)#Getting_the_latest_sources_from_SVN, but don't cd into the directory trunk), no ./bootstrap or anything else should be done before in this directory !

2. Rename the directory trunk to codeblocks. Stay in the directory above codeblocks.

3. Get SVN revision number. You can see it in the last line after checking out (the number after "Revision:") or when you are in the root directory of the SVN with:

svn info | grep Revision | cut -c 11-

4. add the directory codeblocks to an tgz archive named codeblocks-1.0-svn.$SVNREVISION.tgz (replace $SVNREVISION with the number you got)

tar -czf codeblocks-1.0-svn.$SVNREVISION.tgz codeblocks

5. copy the archive as root to the directory /usr/src/packages/SOURCES

6. copy the Specfile beneath, add the SVN revision number behind "_svnrev" (between "_svnrev" and the number has to be at least one space character) in the first line and save it as root to /usr/src/packages/SPECS/codeblocks.spec (you can name the specfile however you want)

7. build the binary package as root with

rpmbuild -bb /usr/src/packages/SPECS/codeblocks.spec

8. the package will be in one of the subdirectories of /usr/src/packages/RPMS/

9. Install it and enjoy Code::Blocks!

Use this as specfile:

%define _svnrev         
%define req_wxgtk       2.6.0
%define _suse           %(if [ -f /etc/SuSE-release ]; then echo 1; else echo 0; fi)
%define _mandriva       %(if [ -f /etc/mandrake-release ]; then echo 1; else echo 0; fi)

Name:                   codeblocks
Version:                1.0
%if %_svnrev
Release:                0.svn.%{_svnrev}
Release:                0.svn
Summary:                OpenSource Cross Platform Free C++ IDE
Group:                  Development/Tools/IDE
License:                GPL
Packager:               Daniel Orb <[email protected]>
Source:                 %{name}-%{version}-%{release}.tgz
BuildRoot:              %{_tmppath}/%{name}-%{version}-%{release}-buildroot
Provides:               codeblocks
Requires:               libgcc, libstdc++
%if ! %_mandriva
Requires:               wxGTK >= %{req_wxgtk}
BuildRequires:          wxGTK >= %{req_wxgtk}, wxGTK-devel >= %{req_wxgtk}
Requires:               wxGTK2.6 >= %{req_wxgtk}
BuildRequires:          wxGTK2.6 >= %{req_wxgtk}, wxgtku-devel >= %{req_wxgtk}
BuildRequires:          intltool, gcc-c++, make, gettext, autoconf, automake, libtool
BuildRequires:          libstdc++, libstdc++-devel
BuildRequires:          zip
BuildRequires:          dos2unix

%if %_suse
BuildRequires:          update-desktop-files

%define pkgdata %{_datadir}/%{name}

Code::Blocks is a free C++ IDE built specifically to meet the most demanding needs of its users. 
It was designed, right from the start, to be extensible and configurable.


%setup -n codeblocks

  %{?suse_update_config:%{suse_update_config -f}}

  %configure --enable-contrib

  rm -rf $RPM_BUILD_ROOT
  make DESTDIR=$RPM_BUILD_ROOT install
  if [ -x /usr/bin/update-mime-database ]; then
          /usr/bin/update-mime-database "%{_datadir}/mime"
  test -x /sbin/ldconfig && /sbin/ldconfig

  if [ -x /usr/bin/update-mime-database ]; then
     /usr/bin/update-mime-database "%{_datadir}/mime"

  test -n "$RPM_BUILD_ROOT" -a "$RPM_BUILD_ROOT" != "/" && %__rm -rf $RPM_BUILD_ROOT



* Sat Jan  7 2005 Daniel Orb <[email protected]>
- added svn revision macro
* Thu Jan  5 2005 Daniel Orb <[email protected]>
- had to add Mandriva specific requires
* Mon Jan  2 2005 Daniel Orb <[email protected]>
- simplified the changes made before
- added ldconfig in post
- added --enable-contrib to configure
* Sun Jan  1 2005 Daniel Orb <[email protected]>
- added distribution check (SuSE, Fedora, Mandriva/Mandrake)
- added distribution specific requires and buildrequires
- added run of update-mime-database if installed