Community support for unsupported platforms

barbier's picture

Hello,

People are regularly asking on the main OCC forum how to build OCCT on their (unsupported) platform. There are mainly two kind of replies:
* OCC answer is that they support only platforms listed in release notes.
* Community tries to help building on any platform

In OCE we made patches to fix portability issues. So the easiest solution, for instance to build with a newer FTGL, is to build OCE instead of OCC. So my question is: what should we reply to people asking for help (on OCC forum) about building OCCT?

1. Use a supported platform
2. Install OCE instead of OCC
3. Apply patches found on the forum

At the moment I am using answer 3, but this is frustrating because it may take several replies before user successfully builds OCCT, whereas answer 2 would need much less work for me. Is it acceptable to tell users to install OCE instead of OCCT on unsupported platforms?

P.S.: I did not know where to post this message, maybe we need an "Other" forum?

dbc's picture

Portability issues

Telling users to install OCE instead of OCCT because of portability issues goes a bit much against our project.

The best solution is surely to integrate as soon as possible into OCCT the patches fixing these portability issues.

Daniel

barbier's picture

Okay, I will submit patches

Okay, I will submit patches soon, I have to port them to 6.5.2 first.

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