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surgeon 04 Apr 2011, 17:18
I and lots of friends are starting a project to write small applications for a complete Linux OS, We picked GTK as the GUI toolkit we are going to use, the only problem is that there is no examples to use as a starting point to code with FASM, all the gtk examples i saw so far are really old and even after soo much tweaks there are still issues creeping out somewhere.
the project is simply to build a linux distro with very small apps written entirely with assembly and GTK, kinda anti-bloat distro. so my needs are just the GTK stuffs.
Any help guys ? or do i drop FASM for NASM...i really like FASM.

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pelaillo 04 Apr 2011, 18:18
This is a template for GTK generic application.

It's intended for multiplatform development. The same sources must work in supported platforms (currently Linux and Win32).

I have abandoned the project because FreshLib provides a more comfortable solution for my needs and without the bulk of GTK libraries

Description: Template for GTK application. Working in Linux and Win32
Filename: fasm-gtk.zip
Filesize: 3.46 KB
Downloaded: 411 Time(s)

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surgeon 08 Apr 2011, 04:25
I have GTK 2.1 installed on my CentOS linux box but the above file refused to work. i am really green on mixing assemly and other languages , can someone direct me to a link or a pointer on how to translate C header files to work with Assembly, or importing DLLs and all that .
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ProphetOfDoom 09 Apr 2011, 19:46
Hi. I don't actually use gtk much at present but I had a book on the subject lying around so I translated the hello world application for you. I'd be very surprised if it doesn't work - it's about the simplest gtk app you can write.

format ELF

extrn exit
extrn gtk_init
extrn gtk_window_new
extrn gtk_window_set_title
extrn gtk_widget_show
extrn gtk_main
extrn printf

public main


section '.data' writeable

window dd 0
hello db "Hello world.",0

section '.text' executable


push ebp
mov ebp, esp

lea eax, [ebp + 12]
push eax
lea eax, [ebp + 8]
push eax
call gtk_init
add esp, 8

call gtk_window_new
add esp, 4
mov [window], eax

push hello
push [window]
call gtk_window_set_title
add esp, 8

push [window]
call gtk_widget_show
add esp, 4

call gtk_main

push 0
call exit


To assemble:

fasm gtk.asm


gcc gtk.o `pkg-config --cflags gtk+-2.0` `pkg-config --libs gtk+-2.0`



I'm basing the arguments of the first call (to gtk_init) on the assumption that argc and argv are located at ebp + 8. I discovered that from looking at the assembly output from a C program. Hopefully it's the same across distros. The only other possible problems i can forsee are that you may need to install the program pkg-config, and you may need to change gtk+-2.0 to gtk+-2.1. Also you have to kill the resulting program with CTRL-C because it doesn't handle messages. Hope that helps.
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