Installing OpenLogos on Ubuntu 9.04/9.10

An excellent installation guide for OpenLogos has been provided by Torsten Scheck  here (German only). It applies well to Ubuntu Linux distributions from version 5.X to at least versions 7.X. A test with Ubuntu-9.10 revealed some problems.
Fortunately, there are easy solutions to overcome these problems.

Compiling the runtime system

The problems with the GCC version and the missing G77 package can be solved by installing a previous version of GCC in parallel to the 4.4 versions by following the hints of
  1. Edit the file /etc/apt/sources.list (e.g. by executing a "sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list" command) and add the following lines that refer to the Ubuntu-8.04 repository:

    ##add hardy to sources.list
    deb hardy universe
    deb-src hardy universe
    deb hardy-updates universe
    deb-src hardy-updates universe

  2. In a terminal execute:

    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install g77 g++-3.4

    After that you will have the 3.4 version of the GCC compiler suite available that fits the Openlogos sources. In the same way install the other required additional packages as described by Torsten Scheck, e.g. by doing

    sudo apt-get install sun-java6-jdk unixodbc unixodbc-dev postgresql odbc-postgresql

  3. To tell the 'configure' script to use the GCC-3.4 compilers rather than the default 4.4 compilers, the configure command in the openlogos-1.0.3 directory now looks like (correct the Java-SDK path if you installed it at another place):

    ./configure --with-java=/usr/lib/jvm/java-6-sun CC=gcc-3.4 CPP=cpp-3.4 CXX=g++-3.4 F77=g77

That's it. "make" and "sudo make install" now should work fine. You might remove the "hardy" repository again from /etc/apt/sources.list.

Database quirks

The description of Torsten Scheck for installing the OpenLogos database is still valid for PostgreSQL-8.4. But some commands for initalizing the OpenLogos database might produce confusing messages. So here are some additional hints.

A new problem with Postgresql-8.4 showed up in the runtime system due to some data type coercion problem that can result in translation output with sometimes missing whitespace between words or strange markers within the text.  If running the "testapi/" program after compilation and installation of the runtime system,  the following error message probably appeared:

[unixODBC]ERROR: operator does not exist: character = double precision at character 117;
Error while executing the query
Command: select stem_number, ending from pat_table where language_code = ? and pat_number = ? and number_code = ? and person_code = ? and tense_code = ?)

The PostgreSQL-8.4 patch solves the problem with this error message. Just install that patch as described in the README file of that archive.