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README for port of Mesa to XFree86 on OS/2
(as of 19980802)
README for port of Mesa 3.x to XFree86 on OS/2 (X/2)
(as of 19990514)
Instructions to build Mesa for XFree86/OS2:
You need a recent version of XFree86 (3.3x or above) installed including
the supplied programming libraries and tools as well as EMX 0.9c (and above).
1) Binary release
2) Building from sources
3) History
4) Mesa Home Page
Beginning after beta 7 there's again support for creating DLLs.
The details are handled in "mklib-emx.cmd" a small REXX script.
By now it does ensure compatiblity by using the function names as
entry points instead of ordinals. This will cost performance and
might be fixed in a future patch.
We switched to the usual build method
(based on Makefile and make-config) beginning with Mesa 3.0 beta 5.
To use most of the standard files (including shell scripts) you should
have a un*x shell (sh) in path.
1) Binary release
To actually build the (static) libraries and demos type
make os2
Though Mesa 3.0 should build in a quite reasonable time on
a 585 class machine (or better) a binary relase is available
(check item 4) for an URL)
This package includes:
- lib/MesaGL.dll, MesaGL.a
- lib/MesaGLU.dll, MesaGLU.a
- lib/glut.dll, glut.a
- include/GL/*.h
Installing this in your XFree86 tree will enable you to build and
run all applications compatible with Mesa (and the current DLL
interface, of course ;-)
As usual the OMF-style libraries can be created using emxomf.
(e.g. "emxomf foo.a" creates the foo.lib omf-style library).
The static libraries are rarely used and you have to rebuild
Mesa to get them. They're a supported target, so you get
them in a straightforward way (see below).
The testing of these libraries was limited to the supplied
demos/examples and very few small third-party apps.
No warranty ... as usual ... ;-)
2) Instructions to build Mesa 3.x for XFree86/OS2 from sources:
Except the official Mesa source distribution you need:
- a recent version of XFree86 (3.3.x or above) including
the programming libraries
- EMX 0.9c (0.9d might work, never checked)
- GNU make
- REXX (!)
The creation of the DLLs as well as of the static libraries
(if you want to have them) is handled in "mklib-emx.cmd",
a small REXX script. Perhaps not the best idea, but this
way it fits best in the scheme used to build libraries
on all platforms in Mesa 3.0.
By now binary compatiblity is ensured by using the function names
as entry points instead of ordinals. This might cost performance and
is subject to change in future. We might consider this release
therefore as a "demo release" to get them feedback about
remaining bugs.
To actually build the libraries and demos, check mklib-emx.cmd
and modify it as desired. Then type
make os2-x11
and wait for completion ;-)
3) History
Initially Darren Abbott ( ported Mesa versions 2.x
to XFree86 OS/2. This port might still be available from
The current port picked up things during the beta test for 3.0.
No major changes in the source were done. The build mechanism under OS/2
has been made very similar to other platforms (if you treat mklib-emx.cmd
as a "black box").
Advantage is that X/2 is now a valid target and all files are
integrated in the official source distribution.
Disadvantage is that this port (i.e. the DLLs' interface itself) is
definitly NOT COMPATIBLE to those of version 2.x.
It's uncertain whether this would be at all possible but since there
a _very_ few those apps it's not worth to find out anyway.
Also some libs (MesaTK, MesaAUX) are withdrawn from the Mesa distribution,
and accordingly from the OS/2 port.
4) Mesa Home Page
You can get the source code and more information about Mesa from
The OS/2 ports should in future be found on
Alexander Mai
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