Building Axis2/C on Mac OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.4

This should work on other Mountain Lion versions as well, but I have not tested it. First of all, let’s install a set of dependencies required for the building process.

The easiest way (at least for me) was to install them through macports.

Note: You need to install Xcode and the Xcode command lilne tools for macports to work. Xcode is a (very) large download. So, it will take some time to install. But, an advantage is many tools ask you to install Xcode since it brings in a lot of useful dependencies useful for dev. provided by Apple itself. So, you’ll need it anyway if you’re planning to do some C development 🙂

After installing macports, you need to install automake, autoconf, libtool, libxml2 and pkgconfig. Type in the following command:


sudo port install automake autoconf libtool libxml2 pkgconfig

Now, we are set to build the source. Check it out using the following command:


svn co https://svn.apache.org/repos/asf/axis/axis2/c/core/trunk axis2-c-trunk

This will checkout the source code the a directory named axis2-c-trunk. Now, we need to apply this patch that fixes a constants issue. Download it and put it inside the directory axis2-c-trunk. Now execute the following commands to patch the source:


cd axis2-c-trunk

patch -p0 < unavailable_constants_macosx_fix.patch

Now, you are ready to build the source. Just execute the build.sh with the following command:


./build.sh

That should create a successful build in the axis2-c-trunk/deploy directory. If it didn’t you probably would need this patch as well. Patch your source the same way as above, and try running the build script again:

patch -p0 < mac_os_build_fix.patch
./build.sh

 

Editing uneditable plist files in Mac OS

This should be straight forward, but it was not. So, I believe this blog will help others who just couldn’t modify that plist file.

You can do a ‘chmod 777 Info.plist’ but still if you edit the file and try to save it, Mac OS  doesn’t allow you to do it.

So, the work around is to open the file, edit whichever value you want to edit and save it in a different location. Then move the file (I used the command line) to overwrite the original file, and you should be done.

HTH