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Getting Zarafa 6.40.2 to work on Slackware

zarafaA few days ago, while working on the update of my SlackBuild for Zarafa version 6.40.1, version 6.40.2 was released. At first I thought of submitting the script using the newest version, but soon found out that it was not that simple… The newest release simply would not build on Slackware… Since I had already spent some time to get 6.40.1 working fine, I decided not to delay the submission more, and finished the script for that version and uploaded the packages to my site.

So now that 6.40.1 was available for Slackware, I decided to get back at the problem and investigate some more.
I found several problems with the newest version, all in the code of the ECTestTools subdirectory. My impression is that the authors were in a bit of a hurry to get 6.40.2 out (that solves some bugs in the previous versions), but forgot the check / alter the test tools. :)

In total I found three problems, which I managed to solve by patching the code (2x) and Makefile (1x).

These were my findings:

Problem1: rectest.cpp:82: error: no matching function for call to 'RecurrenceState::ParseBlob(char*, size_t)'

The ParseBlob function was changed in 6.40.2 but the rectest.cpp file was not altered accordingly. It needs and extra parameter, so I checked the code to see how it was called in other places and patched it like this:

--- zarafa-6.40.2/ECtools/ECTestTools/RecurrenceTest/rectest.cpp        2010-08-30 08:01:44.000000000 -0300
+++ zarafa-6.40.2_patched/ECtools/ECTestTools/RecurrenceTest/rectest.cpp        2010-09-04 13:27:42.000000000 -0300
@@ -79,7 +79,7 @@

     RecurrenceState r;

-    hr = r.ParseBlob((char *)strBin.c_str(), strBin.size());
+    hr = r.ParseBlob((char *)strBin.c_str(), strBin.size(), 0);

     if(hr == hrSuccess) {
         cerr << "Recurrence OK" << std::endl;

Problem 2: mapi2ical.cpp:173: error: no matching function for call to 'MapiToICal::AddMessage(IMessage*&, int)'

This was also caused by a change in the number of parameters, this time in the AddMessage function. Again, I checked the code to understand how this function was called and noticed that in several places it was altered by using std::string() for the extra parameter, so I added this patch:

--- zarafa-6.40.2/ECtools/ECTestTools/ICalTests/mapi2ical.cpp   2010-08-30 08:01:44.000000000 -0300
+++ zarafa-6.40.2_patched/ECtools/ECTestTools/ICalTests/mapi2ical.cpp   2010-09-04 13:55:38.000000000 -0300
@@ -170,7 +170,7 @@
                        goto next;

-               hr = lpMapiToICal->AddMessage(lpMessage, 0);
+               hr = lpMapiToICal->AddMessage(lpMessage, std::string(), 0);
                if (hr != hrSuccess) {
                        cerr << "-- broken message!" << stringify(hr, 1) << endl;
                        goto next;

Problem 3: ../../../libicalmapi/.libs/ undefined reference to `RecurrenceState::ParseBlob(char*, unsigned int, unsigned int)' (plus several other similar messages)

This one was a bit more complicated to trace, but I found out that some files had changed position in the source tree and I managed to solve this in the that is used by ./configure to create the Makefile:

--- zarafa-6.40.2/ECtools/ECTestTools/ICalTests/     2010-08-30 04:31:48.000000000 -0300
+++ zarafa-6.40.2_patched/ECtools/ECTestTools/ICalTests/     2010-09-04 15:09:39.000000000 -0300
@@ -272,6 +272,7 @@
        ${top_builddir}/common/ \
        ${top_builddir}/common/ \
        ${top_builddir}/libicalmapi/ \
+       ${top_builddir}/libfreebusy/ \
        $(PROG_LIBS) $(ICAL_LIBS)

 mapi2ical_SOURCES = mapi2ical.cpp

After applying this patch the SlackBuild completed without problems!
I posted these patches on the Zarafa forum as well so I hope that the author will fix it for the next official release.

I'm testing the resulting binaries on my server, and if they continue running without problems for a few days, I'll submit the new script and upload the new packages to my site.

update: The patch can be downloaded here and the packages are available on my site.

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2 Responses to “Getting Zarafa 6.40.2 to work on Slackware”

  1. dtk Says:

    Hey Niels,
    thx for this great write-up! Really made my day (compiled 6.40.2 on my ARM plug). It’s nice to read professional, straight forward explanations ;)

    Thanks for going through the trouble of hunting those errors down (especially the last one *nightmare* -.-) and writing about it. Was of great help to me!

    Since you mentioned you posted your patches on the zarafa forum, I hope you don’t mind me referencing your instructions in the thread in said forum I highjacked to document my progress on compiling on ARM[0].



  2. Niels Horn Says:


    Nice to know you managed to build it on an ARM plug. I have a SheevaPlug myself, but use it for other things.

    Thanks for the feedback!


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