[Paraview] Generating a distribution of ParaView with Plugin

Takuya OSHIMA oshima at eng.niigata-u.ac.jp
Sat Mar 21 04:18:06 EDT 2009

Okay, I found a hacky solution. If anyone is interested, it was a
problem specific to VS2008SP1 as discussed at a CMake list thread:

In short, the quickest workaround is to hand-edit
Microsoft.VC90.CRT.manifest file under the installation directory to
change the version number string 30729.1 to 21022.8.


Takuya OSHIMA, Ph.D.
Faculty of Engineering, Niigata University
8050 Ikarashi-Ninocho, Nishi-ku, Niigata, 950-2181, JAPAN

From: Takuya OSHIMA <oshima at eng.niigata-u.ac.jp>
Subject: Re: [Paraview] Generating a distribution of ParaView with Plugin
Date: Fri, 20 Mar 2009 23:26:32 +0900	(東京 (標準時))

> Hi,
> I am trying to do mostly the same thing as Rafael (eventually build
> and deploy my own build of ParaView onto our university cluster), and
> having a similar problem.
> I tried to build a 32bit binary of unmodified ParaView 3.4.0 (as a
> first trial to build my own modified ParaView) using Windows XP SP3
> pro, VS2008SP1 pro edition, Qt 4.3.5 opensource edition, CMake 2.6.3
> and NSIS installer 2.44. The compilation and running INSTALL and
> PACKAGE targets both went fine, but when I try to run the binaries on
> another machine I always get an error, regardless of the packaging
> targets (INSTALL or PACKAGE):
> (the original message is in Japanese, but should translate as follows)
> "The Side-by-Side configuration information contains errors. This
> application has failed to start because the application configuration
> is incorrect. Reinstalling the application may fix this problem."
> What I noticed is that the package created by running the INSTALL
> target contains msvc[mpr]90.dll and Microsoft.VC90.CRT.manifest while
> running the PACKAGE target does not, but the resulting errors are the
> same. Also, I read around
> http://www.cmake.org/Wiki/CMake:Packaging_With_CPack
> http://www.cmake.org/Wiki/CMake:CPackPackageGenerators
> http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa374224(VS.85).aspx
> and their relevant pages without significant success so far.
> The question is, what are the missing steps to create a win32 package
> of unmodified ParaView 3.4 that works out of the box using VS2008,
> like the one distributed from the ParaView site?
> Thanks,
> Takuya
> Takuya OSHIMA, Ph.D.
> Faculty of Engineering, Niigata University
> 8050 Ikarashi-Ninocho, Nishi-ku, Niigata, 950-2181, JAPAN
> From: Berk Geveci <berk.geveci at kitware.com>
> Subject: Re: [Paraview] Generating a distribution of ParaView with Plugin
> Date: Wed, 18 Mar 2009 11:07:40 -0400
>> > I've developed a plugin for ParaView, and now I would like to distribute it
>> > to some researchers, so that they can use it. As the binaries of ParaView in
>> > the website aren't compiled with support to shared libs, I think I must pack
>> > my own version of it.
>> This is not true. The binaries we distribute use shared libraries and
>> it is possible to build plugins that can be run with them. You have to
>> match the compilers and Qt version we use. On the download page
>> , there is a link to a wiki page that describes those.
>> > What I would like to do, is to give them a zipped folder with a distribution
>> > of ParaView and the dll of the plugin (Windows environment). They should
>> > execute a .bat file (which would set environment variables like PATH and
>> > PV_PLUGIN_PATH) to get ParaView to run, and automatically put my filter in
>> > the filter menu.
>> >
>> > The question is: how to get this to work ? I've tried to copy the folder
>> > which Visual Studio creates when I build the project INSTALL (I thought this
>> > would be what I needed: a distribution of ParaView), but I'm getting
>> > problems to run ParaView by this folder in another computer.
>> You need to use cpack like we do to make binary distributions. You
>> should probably check out the cpack documentation first. I believe the
>> CMake book talks about it so does this page:
>> http://www.cmake.org/Wiki/CMake:Packaging_With_CPack. You will have to
>> install the nullsoft install system if you want to distribute self
>> installing packages. Then you have to change the install rules of
>> ParaView such that you plugin is installed with ParaView. This is
>> somewhat complicated. We are working on making it simpler.
>> Is you plugin proprietary? We have plans to create methods for
>> researchers to contribute plugins that we maintain and build as part
>> of our release process.
>> -berk

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