Building Report Manager Designer and tools

Here is a detailed explanation on how to build Report Manager binaries.

If you build and distribute Report Manager binaries you must report that it's another version, you can change the version (rpmdconts.pas), this is because obvious practical reasons.

Required tools

Windows Linux

Delphi 6/7 Professional

Enterprise version is required for translation manager features

Kylix 2/3 Professional, open edition is reported to compile also previous installation of the FreeCLX
InnoSetup 2.019 to build autoinstallable executable GNU Makefile to build the distributable tar.gz package, this tool is usually provided by all linux distributions
CVS to obtain the source also SSH to contribute actively in the project. CVS client and SSH client are provided in most linux distributions and is installed by default if developer workstation installation is selected (Red Hat,Suse,Mandrake...)

The following steps are for building Report Manager from Delphi/Kylix IDE. You can also build the packages from the command line.

Building Report Manager from the IDE

1.Install Report Manager packages

Install all Report Manager packages, follow instructions for Delphi and Kylix.

2.Update language resources(Windows only)

If you modified the resources (forms,resourcestrings) the language resources must be updated.

You can omit this step, but don't distribute the repman\transwin\repmand.* and repman\transwin\repmandxp.* because are old resource libs.

Only repmand.dpr an repmandxp.dpr must be updated.

Open repman\repmand.dpr and select Project-Languages-Update Resource DLLs

Open repman\repmandxp.dpr and select Project-Languages-Update Resource DLLs

Open repman\metaview.dpr and select Project-Languages-Update Resource DLLs

Open repman\metaviewxp.dpr and select Project-Languages-Update Resource DLLs

After that you can translate the strings you added.

Build the resources for all languajes then copy them to repman\transwin directory.

3.Build the applications

Windows have two versions of various applications (Qt dependent and Pure VCL), because Qt draws controls in a custom way does not look like standard Windows apps, Pure VCL applications (marqued here as xp) looks like all other applications specially in XP or .Net versions.

You must open and compile the following project groups:

Windows Linux



4.Build installation packages

After executable applications are build, you can build the distributable packages to easy install Report manager designer in other computers.

Windows Linux

Open install\reportman.iss with Innosetup if you want all the versions (Qt and no Qt)

cd tests\repmand

make clean


Open \install\reportman.iss with Innosetup if you want the applications without qt dependences (the docs are also removed because are internet enabled) Note: Edit GNUmakefile in \tests\repmand and specify your path to Kylix installation


5. Distribution of source packages for Linux and Delphi

To distribute the installable packages it's recommended to use Windows because source code compatibility with Delphi 5/Builder 4 (MSDOS style line ends)

Go to the main tree in a console window and with borland make in the path type

make clean

This will delete any dcus, dpus innecessary files (warning also cleans the executables)

Zip all the files in one and it's done.

Building Report Manager from the command line

To build Report Manager from the command line in Windows you must have Borland make in the path (not GNU make), for Linux GNU make is used.

Start a terminal window (command prompt in Windows) and cd to main reportman directory, that is the directory containing the .dpk files GNUmakefile(Linux) and Makefile (Windows).

Edit GNUmakefile (Linux) or Makefile (Windows) and set Borland Delphi path or Kylix path enviroment variables to correct paths.


make all

All the packages and command line tools will be compiled.

If you want to compile only packages you can write make packages or make reportman to compile only executables, see available options by opening the file GNUmakefile in Linux or Makefile in Windows.

The command make clean will delete all generated executables and compiled files.