To compile EiffelStudio, you need an already working EiffelStudio compiler on your machine. The current source tree requires at least version 7.2 of EiffelStudio. You can download it from http://dev.eiffel.com/Downloads. Read the existing documentation to install EiffelStudio.
Note: on Windows you will need the Microsoft C compiler to compile Eiffel Studio. How to install the free version of the Microsoft C compiler: Installing Microsoft C compiler. It is not possible to compile EiffelStudio with the MinGW C compiler (GCC).
Currently there are two compilation methods.
- You can compile EiffelStudio from scratch following the instructions in this document (This is the recommended approach).
- You can use one of the Automatic Build Scripts, and if you encounter any errors please report them to the EiffelStudio Development forum.
Extracting source code
Before checking out the source code, make sure to configure subversion properly using the following instructions.
Checking out from SVN
- Point the environment variables called EIFFEL_SRC and ISE_LIBRARY to the directory where you want to compile EiffelStudio.
Usually we use the XXdev convention for this directory name - where XX is the version number of the currently developed version of the compiler.
- Make sure that ISE_EIFFEL, ISE_PLATFORM and ISE_C_COMPILER (on Windows only) are properly defined. ISE_EIFFEL should point to the directory where you installed EiffelStudio, ISE_PLATFORM is the name of your platform (see our documentation website for more details) and ISE_C_COMPILER is only for the Windows platforms and it has to be msc (Visual Studio). At this time we do not support mingw (GCC) on Windows due to Microsoft specific dependencies.
- Perform the following checkout procedures:
set SVNURL=https://svn.eiffel.com/eiffelstudio/trunk svn co %SVNURL%/Src 72dev svn co %SVNURL%/free_add_ons 72dev/free_add_ons
export SVNURL=https://svn.eiffel.com/eiffelstudio/trunk svn co $SVNURL/Src 72dev svn co $SVNURL/free_add_ons 72dev/free_add_ons
To update the source files to the latest revision, perform the following steps:
Bash and DOS
cd 72dev svn up svn up free_add_ons
Compiling C libraries
Compiling run-time on Windows
cd %EIFFEL_SRC%/C configure [win32|win64] [b|g|m|m6]
cd $EIFFEL_SRC/C ./configure.bat [win32|win64] [b|g|m|m6]
The first argument indicated whether you are compiling the run-time for 32 or 64 bits. The second one is to tell which C compiler will be used. For now only `b' (Borland), `g' (MinGW), `m' (Microsoft) and `m6' (for those forced to use Microsoft VC++ 6.0) are officially supported.
On Windows 32 bits to clean up all the generated files (including the library files needed by EiffelStudio) it suffices to do:
Compiling run-time on Unix
The command is simply:
cd $EIFFEL_SRC/C ./quick_configure
This requires that ISE_PLATFORM is properly defined. The `quick_configure' script will look for the file CONFIGS/$ISE_PLATFORM and use it to extract the platform specific information to compile the run-time. If not found then an error will be reported.
To clean up the generated files including the library files needed by EiffelStudio:
Compiling C code from libraries
Here is the list of commands to compile all required C libraries on Windows:
cd %EIFFEL_SRC%\library\net\Clib finish_freezing -library cd %EIFFEL_SRC%\library\vision2\Clib finish_freezing -library cd %EIFFEL_SRC%\library\wel\Clib finish_freezing -library cd %EIFFEL_SRC%\library\cURL\Clib finish_freezing -library
cd $EIFFEL_SRC/library/net/Clib finish_freezing -library cd $EIFFEL_SRC/library/vision2/Clib finish_freezing -library cd $EIFFEL_SRC/library/wel/Clib finish_freezing -library cd %EIFFEL_SRC%/library/cURL/Clib finish_freezing -library
On Unix it is slightly different:
cd $EIFFEL_SRC/library/net/Clib finish_freezing -library cd $EIFFEL_SRC/library/vision2/Clib finish_freezing -library cd $EIFFEL_SRC/library/vision2/implementation/gtk/Clib finish_freezing -library cd $EIFFEL_SRC/library/cURL/Clib finish_freezing -library
Make sure that ISE_EIFFEL is set correctly to your current "EiffelStudio" installation!
Compiling C code from C_library
This is only required on Windows to read PNG file. On Unix, this is not required because it is included in GTK+2.4. So on Windows, simply do the following:
cd %EIFFEL_SRC%/C_library/zlib finish_freezing -library cd %EIFFEL_SRC%/C_library/libpng finish_freezing -library
cd $EIFFEL_SRC/C_library/zlib finish_freezing -library cd $EIFFEL_SRC/C_library/libpng finish_freezing -library
Compiling C code from compiler
This is only required on Windows as this C code is a tiny wrapper around the Microsoft C++ API to generate and to debug .NET code.
To compile it, you first need to install the Microsoft .NET SDK. You can download it from their website.
After installing it, you need to update your LIB and INCLUDE environment variable to include the path the lib and include directory of the .NET Framework SDK.
Once properly installed, you can do:
cd %EIFFEL_SRC%/framework/cli_writer/Clib finish_freezing -library cd %EIFFEL_SRC%/framework/cli_debugger/Clib finish_freezing -library
cd $EIFFEL_SRC/framework/cli_writer/Clib finish_freezing -library cd $EIFFEL_SRC/framework/cli_debugger/Clib finish_freezing -library
Now that we have taken care of the C code compilation we can compile the compiler. We assume that ec is in your path.
The configuration file of the compiler contains two active targets:
- batch: for the command line compiler.
- bench: for the graphical compiler, aka EiffelStudio.
Go to $EIFFEL_SRC/Eiffel/Ace and type the following command and replace target_name with either batch or bench.
ec -config ec.ecf -target target_name -c_compile
Mac OS X specific
Get a mac binary from here, then follow the instructions for unix.
Launching the Compiler
There are two ways of launching the compiler:
- Command line compiler: add the following arguments -config path_to_config_file.ecf. This will compile the project represented by `path_to_config_file.ecf'
- Graphical compiler (aka EiffelStudio): add the following argument -gui.