Linux & DMD & GtkD

Peter Jacobs peterj at
Mon Feb 18 10:38:10 UTC 2019

On Saturday, 16 February 2019 at 13:35:57 UTC, Ron Tarrant wrote:
> Hi guys,
> I finally got a Linux Mint installation happening (very 
> impressed, BTW) and did the usual HelloWorld.d compile with 
> dmd, but I'm having trouble working out how to link to GtkD.
> dmd -de -w -m64 -L+gtkd hello_gtkd_world.d
> says it can't find MainWindow which tells me the gtkd libraries 
> are not installed, are not included in the path, or some other 
> oversight on my part.
> I tried using whereis to find gtkd, but to no avail.
> Questions:
> 1. Am I using the right syntax in the above command line?
> 2. How to search for things on Linux Mint
> The recommendations I've found so far are for the gnome search 
> tool which spits out an error:
> Package gnome-search-tool is not available, but is referred to 
> by another package.
> This may mean that the package is missing, has been obsoleted, 
> or
> is only available from another source

Being an old linux user, I prefer make to dub, however, I do use 
dub to build GtkD and then I just use dmd to build my application 
program.  Here is a transcript of building and running the first 
tutorial exercise on my computer that runs LinuxMint.  It all 
works nicely, when pointing the DMD compiler to the generated 
gtkd bindings and the linker to the dub-built library file.

peterj at helmholtz ~/work/play/dlang/GtkD $ dub clean
Cleaning package at /home/peterj/work/play/dlang/GtkD...
peterj at helmholtz ~/work/play/dlang/GtkD $ dub build
Performing "debug" build using /usr/bin/dmd for x86_64.
gtk-d:gtkd ~master: building configuration "library"...
generated/gtkd/glib/Spawn.d(305,3): Deprecation: foreach: loop 
index implicitly converted from size_t to int
gtk-d:gstreamer ~master: building configuration "library"...
gtk-d:peas ~master: building configuration "library"...
gtk-d:sv ~master: building configuration "library"...
gtk-d:vte ~master: building configuration "library"...
peterj at helmholtz ~/work/play/dlang/GtkD $ cd ../gtkd-example/
peterj at helmholtz ~/work/play/dlang/gtkd-example $ make
dmd -w -g -debug -I=../GtkD/generated/gtkd \
	-oftest_rig_imperative test_rig_imperative.d \
peterj at helmholtz ~/work/play/dlang/gtkd-example $ 
Hello GtkD Imperative
peterj at helmholtz ~/work/play/dlang/gtkd-example $ dmd --version
DMD64 D Compiler v2.085.0-beta.1
Copyright (C) 1999-2019 by The D Language Foundation, All Rights 
Reserved written by Walter Bright

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