For my ever ongoing quest for "new applications on old IRIX" I have decided to take a break and try a whole batch of stuff on 6.5 just to get an idea where on a recent IRIX releases the problems start.
My goal was to get GTK 2.6.x and a recent Gimp2 with almost all extras (the Gimp, not GTK) up and running. After a couple of days full of compiling dependencies everything was looking great. I have libcroco, a Python, a recent Perl and tons of other stuff that needed some poking to get going. Then when I had all dependencies for librsvg and found a version that did compile all the way through the install failed with something I haven't seen for quite a while now:
make: Entering directory `/source/librsvg-2.6.5/gdk-pixbuf-loader'
make: *** [install-data-hook] Killed
And after that all is finished. Just for fun I tried recompiling GTK - does also crash during install. So now I am left to wonder (again) at what point my installation did break.
Additional thing I wonder/worry about is how to keep track of dependencies. Regarding Gnome applications these are a terrible nightmare. Don't know if KDE is really much better but at least the distribution looks a bit cleaner.
Now that I managed not to "rm -rf /" the build system I need to find something to calm down...