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Compiling Micropolis (Simcity) on Ubuntu Intrepid (8.10) and Jaunty (9.04)

Update: Starting from Ubuntu Karmic (9.10), Micropolis is in your apt!

You need the following:

sudo apt-get install libx11-dev libxpm-dev x11proto-xext-dev libxext-dev

You also need yacc, it will fail if you use bison or btyacc:

btyaccpa.ske:111: erreur: expected specifier-qualifier-list before ‘yyparsestate’
btyaccpa.ske:128: erreur: expected ‘=’, ‘,’, ‘;’, ‘asm’ or ‘__attribute__’ before ‘*’ token
btyaccpa.ske:131: erreur: expected ‘=’, ‘,’, ‘;’, ‘asm’ or ‘__attribute__’ before ‘*’ token
btyaccpa.ske:180: erreur: expected ‘)’ before ‘*’ token
btyaccpa.ske:181: erreur: expected ‘=’, ‘,’, ‘;’, ‘asm’ or ‘__attribute__’ before ‘*’ token
btyaccpa.ske:182: erreur: expected ‘)’ before ‘*’ token
btyaccpa.ske: In function ‘yyparse’:
btyaccpa.ske:193: erreur: ‘yyparsestate’ undeclared (first use in this function)
btyaccpa.ske:193: erreur: (Each undeclared identifier is reported only once
btyaccpa.ske:193: erreur: for each function it appears in.)
btyaccpa.ske:193: erreur: ‘yyerrctx’ undeclared (first use in this function)
btyaccpa.ske:206: erreur: ‘yyps’ undeclared (first use in this function)
btyaccpa.ske:257: erreur: ‘yypath’ undeclared (first use in this function)

Or:

tclxgdat.y:67.15: syntax error, unexpected =
tclxgdat.y:79.16: syntax error, unexpected =
tclxgdat.y:83.25: syntax error, unexpected =
tclxgdat.y:86.32-33: valeur $ invalide : $3

But works with byacc:

sudo apt-get install byacc

Get the micropolis source (micropolis-activity-source.tgz) from http://www.donhopkins.com/home/micropolis/ , extract it:

tar -zxvf micropolis-activity-source.tgz

cd micropolis-activity/

Then apply this patch and compile:

wget http://rmdir.de/~michael/micropolis_git.patch

patch -p1 < micropolis_git.patch

cd src

make clean (if you tried compiling with another yacc before)

make install

If you get the following error then when doing ./Micropolis:

sh: Syntax error: Bad fd number
sh: Syntax error: Bad fd number

Do:

sudo apt-get install rpl

go inside the micropolis-activity folder and run:

rpl -R “/bin/sh” “/bin/bash” *

And recompile Micropolis:

cd src

make clean install

Enjoy Micropolis! 🙂

3 Responses to “Compiling Micropolis (Simcity) on Ubuntu Intrepid (8.10) and Jaunty (9.04)”

  • JR says:

    Thank you for posting this how-to.

  • Serj says:

    hi , i get the error :
    /usr/bin/ld: cannot find -ly
    collect2: ld returned 1 exit status

    what should i do , in order to fix it 🙂

    thanks

  • kevin says:

    Hi Serj,
    You should try to use bison instead of byacc. This article is old, at that time it wouldn’t compile with bison, i’ve checked now on debian testing and it went fine.
    If it still doesn’t work, you might want to take out “-ly”.
    Also remember to check in the packages of your distribution, the game might be packaged already. It is available in ubuntu for quite some time now 🙂

    Kevin

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