compiling vdx, anybody?

compiling vdx, anybody?

Post by Svenn Are » Mon, 14 Feb 2005 23:27:30

I downloaded the source for vdx, a GPL Motif GUI builder, from but had no success compiling it. There is
a binary version of vdx 1.2.1 for linux so I am able to run the program,
but I wanted to see if I could compile vs OM-2.2.3 on debian sid (as of

There are several warnings that indicate that the gcc compiler must have
become more strict, or that Dirk Laessig used a different compiler when he
built his binary.

I have not been able to find very much information on the net about vdx
since it became open source.

Anybody compiled vdx here?

Kind regards,
Svenn Bjerkem

compiling vdx, anybody?

Post by nojun » Sun, 20 Feb 2005 02:26:04

I tried to use it a long time ago, but the building
process was a lot painful. As far as I know VDX is not
being maintained anymore, but if you have some
free time available you may try to fix the broken
makefiles and update the code to comply with ANSI

--- Casantos


compiling vdx, anybody?

Post by Chris Sore » Sun, 20 Feb 2005 13:27:13

Interesting, the last time vdx came up in this NG was many years ago.

I tried it then, and again just now with a fresh download. Time has
not been kind to that codebase. It would take a lot of work to build
it with any recent compiler.

Too bad; Xfe is a fantastic Motif add-on. It's a shame no one uses it
for anything...

compiling vdx, anybody?

Post by Svenn Are » Mon, 21 Feb 2005 01:36:55

I do not have enough ressources as developer to start on such a task. I have
been looking at OpenMotif as GUI for quick-and-dirty tools that I write. As
I do not have much time to do layout on paper and transfer that to code I
was looking for an open source tool to help me keep the GUIs right.

I do cross development Linux/Sun and a binary Solaris version was not
available for vdx. My main job is not programming so I cannot justify
buying software development tools. Pity.
Svenn Bjerkem

compiling vdx, anybody?

Post by Chris Sore » Mon, 21 Feb 2005 03:09:47

It might not be that hard to get it to compile using the gnu build
system; autoscan, autoconf, autoheader, automake, etc.

You'd probably have to pass in a lot of permissive flags to the
compiler, but there's an outside chance it might work without having
to edit the c syntax...

compiling vdx, anybody?

Post by paus » Wed, 09 Mar 2005 05:25:20

I compiled vdx several years ago on a HP-UX 11.00 system with gcc 3.2.
It is an C++ application. Some warnings were about multi line strings
literals and had to fix some bugs in the source to compile it.