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Using byuu's nall/phoenix libraries on MinGW
nall and phoenix are abstraction libraries written in C++0x by byuu, the author of the bsnes & higan emulators. nall is meant to be an STL replacement, while phoenix is meant to be a GUI abstraction library that uses as native an API as possible. On Windows, phoenix will compile with Win32; OS X will use Cocoa; Linux will use GTK+2 or Qt4 depending on what the desktop environment is.

Compilation customarily uses GNU Make and is optimized for it. Simply write your Makefile similar to the following:

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ifeq ($(platform),)
platform = unix
ifeq ($(shell uname -a),)
platform = win
else ifneq ($(findstring MINGW,$(shell uname -a)),)
platform = win
else ifneq ($(findstring Darwin,$(shell uname -a)),)
platform = osx

# platform
ifeq ($(platform),unix)
include Makefile.unix
else ifeq ($(platform),osx)
include Makefile.osx
else ifeq ($(platform),win)
unknown_platform: help;

# You'll need to customize your own help label

...and you can put all the OS-specific stuff in, Makefile.osx, Makefile.unix, and any other Makefile.* you wish to write. Below is a sample that should work with compiling a nall/phoenix project on Windows using MinGW+MSYS:

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# point these variables to the directory locations on your system relative to your project
PH  = ./phoenix
NALL= ./nall
OUT = ./out

# APP is the filename (without extension) of your app in question; there should be a file named $(APP).cpp in the project's folder
APP = trk
BIN = $(APP).exe

# standard helper files;
# in bigger projects the "ui" directory would contain the phoenix code to create the interfaces,
# the "formats" directory would likely contain the nall code to load/save file formats
CXXFILES_WIN = $(wildcard ui/*.cpp)
CXXFILES_BASE = $(wildcard *.cpp)
HEADERS_FMT = $(wildcard formats/*.hpp)
HEADERS_WIN = $(wildcard ui/*.hpp)
HEADERS_BASE = $(wildcard *.hpp)

# any necessary libraries; include SDL here, for example

# any necessary flags; include SDL cflags here, for example

# the required libraries to compile on Windows; you can remove -mconsole here with it if you don't plan to write to STDOUT
WIN32_LIBS = -mwindows -mconsole -lkernel32 -luser32 -lgdi32 -ladvapi32 -lcomctl32 -lcomdlg32 -lshell32 -lole32 -lshlwapi

# use top line if you have a phoenix GUI, the bottom line if you don't
OBJ      = $(DIR)/resource.o $(DIR)/phoenix.o $(addprefix $(DIR)/, $(CXXFILES:.cpp=.o))
# OBJ      = $(addprefix $(DIR)/, $(CXXFILES:.cpp=.o))

WINDRES  = windres
CXX      = g++
RM       = rm -f
DIR = $(OUT)

# force 32/64-bit compilation if you define ARCH on your `make` command line
ifeq ($(ARCH),32)
FORCE_WIND = --target=pe-i386
DIR = $(OUT)32
BIN = $(APP)-32.exe
else ifeq ($(ARCH),64)
FORCE_WIND = --target=pe-x86-64
DIR = $(OUT)64
BIN = $(APP)-64.exe

CXXINCS  = -I"$(NALL)" -I"$(PH)" -I.

.PHONY: all clean

all: mkout $(DIR)/$(BIN)

$(shell if [ -d "$(DIR)" ]; then $(RM) -r "$(DIR)"; fi)
$(RM) *.o

$(shell if [ ! -d "$(DIR)" ]; then mkdir "$(DIR)"; fi)

# build phoenix; comment out if not using phoenix
# resource.rc is a standard Windows-format resource file and app.ico in "res" directory is the app icon
$(DIR)/resource.o: resource.rc res/app.ico
$(DIR)/phoenix.o: $(PH)/phoenix.cpp
$(CXX) $(CXXFLAGS) -c -o $@ $<

# build app
$(DIR)/%.o: %.cpp $(HEADERS) $(CXXFILES_WIN)
$(CXX) $(CXXFLAGS) -c -o $@ $< $(LIBS)
$(CXX) $(CXXFLAGS) -c -o $@ $< $(LIBS)
$(DIR)/$(BIN): $(OBJ) $(wildcard res/*.png)
$(CXX) $(FORCE_ARCH) -s -o $@ $(OBJ) $(LIBS) $(WIN32_LIBS)

byuu himself provides most of his projects in source form and the latest ones (higan v093, beat v03, and mosaic v07 at the time of this writing) should have the latest versions of nall and/or phoenix included. If you still need help, view the source and makefiles included in those projects.

Re: Using byuu's nall/phoenix libraries on MinGW
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Very awesome! I will have to try this out!

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Re: Using byuu's nall/phoenix libraries on MinGW
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Eventually I'll split out lines common to all the makefiles (like the phoenix and nall dirs, the CXXFILES vars, etc) into a Makefile.common and update the first post.

Re: Using byuu's nall/phoenix libraries on MinGW
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Thanks Neo, I think I can actually use Phoenix now--I at least got it to compile after hacking up a unix makefile based on what you posted. The GTK build for phoenix seems to assume an awful lot about my path, I had to add a lot of include directories to the flags, but it actually compiled.

I wish there was an actual tutorial or example still around for using phoenix, but I guess I'll just study the source higan to get an idea of how it works.

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Re: Using byuu's nall/phoenix libraries on MinGW
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The mosaic source might be easier to follow along as it's already ready for Linux and assumes the separate nall and phoenix makefiles take care of the platform abstraction. I may eventually change my own makefiles accordingly as well.