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''Nekoware and the Nekochan site are gone and unlikely to come back. A replacement project called irisware is in the works (see www.irix.cc for info).''
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'''The Nekochan site, and along with it active Nekoware development, is gone and is unlikely to come back. See below for active porting efforts'''
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''NOTE! You can obtain older dumps of the ftp.nekochan.net site from these archive.org links:''
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* https://archive.org/details/ftp.nekochan.net.2013.08
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* https://archive.org/details/ftp.nekochan.net.2017.12
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'''Nekoware''' is a community project to create and offer a set of binary open source packages for [[MIPS|MIPS 4]] [[Silicon Graphics|SGI]] machines running [[IRIX]] 6.5.21 or later.
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See [http://www.nekochan.net/downloads.php this page] for an up-to-date list of Nekoware mirrors and FAQ or the [[Packaging Software]] article if you want to contribute.
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'''Nekoware''' was a community project to create and offer a set of binary open source packages for [[MIPS|MIPS 4]] [[Silicon Graphics|SGI]] machines running [[IRIX]] 6.5.21 or later.
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With the demise of Nekochan, the following sites currently (as of July 2019) offer nekoware mirrors.
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<!-- * '''Project Manager''' <up for election>
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[http://nekofiles.irixnet.org/ http://nekofiles.irixnet.org/ operated by the Irix Network]
* '''Coders''' <voluteers wanted>
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* '''Testers''' <voluteers wanted>
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[http://mirror.rqsall.com/ http://mirror.rqsall.com/ operated by Larbob]
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== Installing and Managing Nekoware Using nekodeps.pl ==
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Due to the many dependencies of most nekoware packages, manually installing nekoware can be challenging. Most users use a [http://techpubs.spinlocksolutions.com/irix/nekoware-installer/ perl script developed by Spinlock Solutions, nekodeps.pl,] to automate downloading and installing nekoware packages.
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Follow the following steps to setup a functioning Nekoware/nekodeps install:
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1. Add the default nekoware binary locations, /usr/nekoware/bin and /usr/nekoware, to your path.
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2. Download and install (using [[Inst]] or [[Software Manager]]) neko_perl-5.8.9.tardist from a nekoware mirror. It does not require any dependencies.
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3. Download [http://techpubs.spinlocksolutions.com/irix/nekoware-installer/nekodeps.pl nekodeps.pl].
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4. Configure the nekodeps.pl install using the following command:
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<pre> perl nekodeps.pl --config </pre>
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5. Edit the file ~/conf/nekodeps.conf to point to a nekoware mirror with a copy of descript.ion (such as Larbob's above). You can leave most settings intact.
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6. Download and install nekoware_wget using nekodeps.pl using the following command:
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<pre> perl nekodeps.pl --bootstrap </pre>
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7. Download current .ion files using following command:
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<pre> perl nekodeps.pl --ion </pre>
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8. Use perl to run nekodeps.pl <PACKAGE> to download and install packages and nekodeps.pl -l to list all available packages.
    
== Known problems and resolutions ==
 
== Known problems and resolutions ==
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* neko_qt 3.3.5 has problems building basic examples.
 
* neko_qt 3.3.5 has problems building basic examples.
 
* Super tux racer seems to need extra paths set in LD_LIBRARY_PATH
 
* Super tux racer seems to need extra paths set in LD_LIBRARY_PATH
* -- Add your gripes here --
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* Some packages break other packages from time to time for example the SQL lite issue mentioned on the old Nekochan forums: https://web.archive.org/web/20160319074632/http://forums.nekochan.net/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=16726024 (archive link)
* Some packages break other packages from time to time for example the SQL lite issue mentioned on the forums: http://forums.nekochan.net/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=16726024
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== Getting Help and Active Porting Efforts ==
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'''[https://forums.irixnet.org/ IRIX Network]''' is one of two forums available to focus on SGI/MIPS based hardware. They do not have an IRC or other live discussion, see Silicon Graphics User Group below.
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=== IRC Channel ===
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'''[https://forums.sgi.sh/ The Silicon Graphics User Group]''' hosts a community of developers working to port additional software to [[IRIX]]. Users can obtain help with nekoware, porting new software, or general SGI issues in the online forums and the group's Discord server. An IRC relay is available at irc.oftc.net Channel: #sgidev.
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#devel on irc.nekochan.net  
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== See Also ==
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* [[Nekochan.net]]
    
[[Category:SGI]]
 
[[Category:SGI]]
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