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Installation from Download

Prerequisites

In order to start using Griffon you need to have the following:

  • An installation of Java SDK 1.5 or higher and have set your JAVA_HOME variable to the SDK install location. Java 1.6 is strongly recommended.

Steps

  • Download the latest Griffon release
  • Extract the archive into an appropriate location; typically C:\griffon on Windows or ~/griffon on Unix
  • Create a GRIFFON_HOME environment variable that points to the path where you extracted the archive (eg C:\griffon on Windows or ~/griffon on Unix)
  • If you have not set the JAVA_HOME environment variable yet, create JAVA_HOME environment variable that points to the path where you have installed Java
  • Append a reference to the "bin" directory within the Griffon directory to your PATH variable (eg %GRIFFON_HOME%\bin on Windows or $GRIFFON_HOME/bin on Unix). Note that, for Windows, both PATH and GRIFFON_HOME must be defined at the same environment variable level (eg. 'System variables') rather than across environment variable levels (eg. PATH under 'System variables' and GRIFFON_HOME under 'User variables')
  • Type "griffon" at the command line, if a help message is displayed you are ready to start using Griffon!
  • If you get an error message, try to chmod +x the griffon script inside the bin directory.

Installation from Subversion

Prerequisites

In order to start using Griffon from SVN you need to have the following:

  • An installation of Java 1.5 or higher and have set your JAVA_HOME variable to the install location
  • A working installation of Apache Ant 1.6.5 or higher and have set your ANT_HOME variable to the install location
  • JUnit (to run the build tests - put junit.jar in your ANT_HOME\lib directory)
  • An installation of Subversion

Steps

  • Checkout Griffon from the Griffon Module in the Griffon SVN repository
    • Go into an empty directory where you will keep your griffon sources, create one if you want
    • Run this command: svn co http://svn.codehaus.org/griffon/core/trunk griffon-src
    • A subdirectory named griffon-src will be created, let's call that location GRIFFON_SRC
  • Go into GRIFFON_SRC
  • Make sure you can run ant : ant -version
    • If you have an error, try using the ant provided in the sources (you may need to give the ant script executable permission before): ./ant/bin/ant -version
  • Decide of a directory where you want griffon to be installed; typically C:\griffon on Windows or ~/griffon on Unix
  • Set the GRIFFON_HOME environment variable to that location (make sure it is not below the checkout location)
  • Install griffon by running "ant install"
  • Once the build runs with success, follow the instructions as if you've downloaded a binary distribution (see "Installation from Download" above).
  • That's it! Start developing with Griffon!
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