[Geany-Devel] Linker issues with VTE

Lars Paulsen lars_paulsen at xxxxx
Fri Feb 23 19:36:51 UTC 2018

A short update:

Checking the documentation on GNOME Developer Center revealed that no 
VTE function used in the scope plugin seems to require a specific version.
So I posted my PR without any version requirement for VTE (so only 


On 23.02.2018 07:14, Lars Paulsen wrote:
> On 23.02.2018 04:19, Colomban Wendling wrote:
>> Le 22/02/2018 à 15:09, Lars Paulsen a écrit :
>>> Then I installed it using apt-get install but Ubuntu only installed a
>>> version 0.42 which was older than required.
>> It sounds odd you'd need a version not found in Ubuntu, unless you'd be
>> using a very old Ubuntu.  And in any case, depending on something too
>> recent for major distributions to have it has to be a conscious choice:
>> some users might not have access to your software, or have a harder time
>> to get it.  Just a thought.
>>> So I downloaded the sources and built it myself.
>>> After that the error message about the missing "#include <vte/vte.h>"
>>> was gone.
>>> But I got linker errors for calls to unresolved external function
>>> "vte_terminal_set_color_foreground_rgba". I assume this is some geany
>>> macro stuff. It turned out I can simply call
>>> "vte_terminal_set_color_foreground" because they changed the parameter
>>> from "GdkColor" to "GdkRGBA" - just what I needed.
>> Oooh, right, in Geany we have wrappers to bridge this ABI break so we
>> don't have to deal with it, so yeah the `_rgba` suffix is just an
>> internal Geany glitch in vte.c, not any actual API anywhere. Sorry for
>> the confusion it gave you indeed.
>> Regards,
>> Colomban
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> About the version I simply copied what I found in the debugger plugin 
> PR for GTK3 porting.
> If I got a version running I will re-check to find the smallest 
> version of VTE2.91 which still works.
> For your information: I am running Ubuntu 16.04.
> Regards,
> Lars
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