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I want to install TideSDK but don't know how. They have instructions on their wiki, but they're confusing. I'm using 13.10. Thanks.

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By the way: they have their own section on stackoverflow: – Rinzwind Nov 3 '13 at 18:59
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Mm... they doesn't have any instructions about how to install, so I had to play around figure out how to install it:

First, I'm downloading the TideSDK-1.3.1-beta for 64-bits. The following should work backwards and forward any version of Ubuntu if you use the same version of the software (Ubuntu installations methods are far more stables than 3rd party's).


Now unzip it. (I would recommend to start in a clean folder to prevent weird behaviors)


we get 3 directories: modules, runtime and sdk (WHY!), create and move all the resulting directories to ~/.tidesdk directory (seems that they don't want to mess up with sudo, sighs), or in a nutshell:

mkdir ~/.tidesdk && cd  ~/.tidesdk

Supposedly, people used to TideSDK should know how to use it, but I don't. So, apparently for beginners, is easier to install the Developer App:

mkdir ~/TideSDK-Developer
cd ~/TideSDK-Developer
tar xf TideSDK-Developer-1.4.2-linux-x86-64.tgz

Now some notes:

Supposedly, you should be able to run it just typing ~/TideSDK-Developer/TideSDK Developer in a terminal, but in my case, it "segfault"-ed (throw a Segmentation Fault(coredumped)). Finding the reasons I found that to build the Developer helper I needed some dependencies (some of them I had already installed or using another versions) which wasn't included in the Getting Started guide:

sudo apt-get install build-essential ruby rubygems libzip-ruby1.9.1 scons libxml2-dev libgtk2.0-dev python2.7-dev ruby-dev libdbus-glib-1-dev libnotify-dev libgstreamer0.10-dev libxss-dev libcurl4-openssl-dev git-core libsoup2.4-1 libsoup2.4-dev libsoup-gnome2.4-dev libicu-dev libgnutls-dev libjpeg62-dev libenchant-dev libmcrypt4 libsqlite3-dev

If you are mysteriously unable to start the application, please install these dependencies. End of note.


You maybe want to checkout that everything is ok, so lets test a HelloWorld example:


Now go to your application window, click import, look for the directory you decompress it, hit OK.

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Once your app is imported, you will see a "Test & Package" tab.

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Click it, then hit "Launch App",

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you will be asked for confirmation to run the application, hit "Ok", now you should be seeing this window:

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That's all.

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Rant: this was needlessly complicated. Where is my good ol' python – Braiam Nov 3 '13 at 18:01
You get an upvote for all the work ;-) – Rinzwind Nov 3 '13 at 18:57
Thanks for your help! Just one question, does TideSDK have to be installed for the developer app to work or can I just install the developer app? – Ben Wingerter Nov 3 '13 at 23:14
I have no idea... as you can see by me comment above the whole thing took me about 1 hour to make it "work". I didn't fiddle around trying to install just the Developer app, but if I have to guess, install them both just in case. – Braiam Nov 3 '13 at 23:18
Ok thanks for all of your help! – Ben Wingerter Nov 3 '13 at 23:20

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