FooBar's Note-To-Self

This has some details on how to set up a compile environment on Windows using a virtual Linux environment. There are no detailed instructions, just some hints on what I need to set everything up again after a format-C.

TortoiseHg will do just fine on Windows. Download and install keeping the default settings.

There will be a Mercurial.ini in userprofile. In case you were a fool and didn't backup it, it needs to have the following:

merge = kdiff3
username = username <>
ssh = "C:\Program Files\TortoiseHg\TortoisePlink.exe" -ssh -2 -i D:\dev\connectivity\foobar-hg.ppk

vdiff = vdiff
overlayicons = localdisks

mq =
eol = 

In case I lost D:\dev, I probably should use the ssh link on the repository page and use that instead. Figure out how to use that; that also involves changing the current clone/update paths configured for the repositories I already have.

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Linux virtual environment

  • No need to install network bridge and host-only adapters. Then you don't have Windows cluttered with two additional network adapters you don't use anyways.
  • Set up shared folder to D:\TTD\grf-dev
  • It looks nicer than Ubuntu and comes with less crap-you-don't-need.
  • Use sudo bash for root terminal access
  • Use Applications > System Tools > Add/Remove Software to install the following
    • kernel-devel (used by vboxadditions)
    • kernel-headers (used by vboxadditions)
    • gcc (used by makefile)
    • gcc-c++ (possibly not used at all, but I assume it's used by vboxadditions)
    • binutils (possibly not used at all)
    • mercurial (used by makefile to determine version etc.)
    • python (used by makefile and nml)
  • When asked to confirm dependent packages, you can't see the confirm button. Use 4x tab and enter instead to reach it.
  • Vboxadditions
    • Install in order to use shared folders
  • Shared folder
    • shared folder can be found in /media if automount is enabled in virtualbox settings
    • Applications > Other > Users and Groups to become member of group vboxsf; relogin to apply change.
  • Classic Gnome layout that actually works in virtualbox
  • Don't fall in the trap of Gnome 3: you cannot find anything as it's hidden behind 6 billion mouse clicks plus you have to wait 3 million lightyears for it to respond.
    • Disable 3D video support in virtualbox settings
    • In Fedora, go into System Settings > System Info > Graphics
    • Enable Forced Fallback mode
    • Enable 3D video support in virtualbox settings


Get them from the package manager:

  • grfcodec
  • nforenum


First get from the package manager:

  • python-imaging
  • python-ply
  • python-setuptools

Also get the nml repository, then run python install from the nml repository


  • To avoid "untrusted group" messages from mercurial, create:
    • ~/.hgrc
    • add content:
      users = foobar
      groups = foobar, vboxsf