Need Help Making Freeciv Re-distributable

Nathan Brazil nb at
Thu Mar 22 22:50:48 PDT 2007

Hi.  I am trying to make Freeciv re-distributable (current version is  
2.1.0-beta3); that is, making it run w/o having to install MacPorts.

I've had very good success in the past.  But after I upgraded my  
ports recently, things stopped working.

After I upgraded my ports and built Freeciv, the games runs fine.  So  
there is something amiss w/ what I am doing.  A brief description of  
what I do to make Freeciv re-distributable is as follows:

I've copied all the needed binary files to a location other than /opt/ 
local.  These files have had their dependency paths re-written using  
otool and install_name_tool.  I also have made copies of the needed  
config files from /opt/local/etc, and have modified them to point  
away from /opt/local.  In the launcher script I wrote to start the  
game executable, the following environment variables are set for the  
dependent ports fontconfig, pango, and gtk2:


When I run the modified civclient binary via the launcher script, I  
get the following messages:

(freeciv:2564): Gtk-WARNING **: Locale not supported by C library.
         Using the fallback 'C' locale.

(freeciv:2564): Pango-WARNING **: No builtin or dynamically
loaded modules were found. Pango will not work correctly.
This probably means there was an error in the creation of:
You should create this file by running pango-querymodules.

(freeciv:2564): Pango-WARNING **: pango_shape called with bad font,  
expect ugly output

(freeciv:2564): Pango-WARNING **: pango_font_get_glyph_extents called  
with null font argument, expect ugly output

(freeciv:2564): Pango-WARNING **: pango_font_get_metrics called with  
null font argument, expect ugly output

(freeciv:2564): Pango-WARNING **: _pango_cairo_font_install called  
with bad font, expect ugly output

The locale warning has been there for a while.  I don't know what it  
means, but it has never caused the executable to not work in the  
past.  The warnings about Pango are new, though.  Freeciv runs  
despite the warnings, but in place of where text should be, each  
letter is rendered as a rectangle.

Can someone w/ experience in making binary distributions based on  
MacPorts shed some light on my current dilemma?


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