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A recent comment from someone building Audacity on Linux about the
documentation (on the wiki)
"Lack of clarity/correctness in the docs for building Audacity."
I'm inclined to agree that this area of documentation needs attention
and possibly restructuring.
Some suggestions that I'd like to raise for discussion:
1) People that are building Audacity from source may not be
developers. This is particularly the case on Linux where some users
may want to build Audacity because it is not included in their
distribution's repository, or the version that is available is too old
and buggy or has other problems.
In addition to the links on the wiki home page "Guide for New Audacity
Developers" and "Guide for Audacity Hackers" it may be useful to have
a link to a start page for "Compiling Audacity". That page could be an
overview of building Audacity from source, with alternatives such as
installing pre-built nightly builds and also link to the existing
pages "CompilingAudacityForBeginners", "Developer Guide", "Developing
On Windows", "Developing On Mac" and "Developing On Windows".
2) As there is no development work on Audacity 1.2.x and building
Audacity 1.2.x requires installing many obsolete packages, the
documentation could be simplified by removing all references to
building Audacity 1.2.x. If it is considered necessary to keep some
documentation about building Audacity 1.2.x it could be demoted to a
page on its own, but personally I think that it could just be removed.
3) Suitable versions of WxWidgets are available as packages for most
Linux distributions. Building a suitable version of WxWidgets is often
the part that users have difficulty with, so I think that instructions
for building WxWidgets should be given as a "last resort" method of
obtaining WxWidgets.
4) On Windows I think we need a step by step procedure that works for
the current Audacity source code on a clean Windows installation (if
that is possible). There are too many "see the instructions here..."
type comments. While becoming "comfortable with Microsoft's free
Visual Studio C++ Express" is important for a developer it is not
important for someone that just wants to build Audacity. The priority
for most users is just to get a working Audacity.

Latest revision as of 12:35, 25 November 2011