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Old 11-18-2014, 10:15 AM   #1
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Trying to install Code::Blocks, wxWidgets on Debian Wheezy

I am a longtime Windows programmer, new to Linux.

uname -a
Linux mix 3.16-0.bpo.2-amd64 #1 SMP Debian 3.16.3-2~bpo70+1 (2014-09-21) x86_64 GNU/Linux

I have successfully installed Code::Blocks 13.12-1 and wxWidgets 3.0.2 on Windows 7 (64-bit), and now want to set up a corresponding environment on my Debian Wheezy laptop.

My questions fall into two areas:

I retrieved the tar file from the link at and extracted it to a folder under /usr. It contains these .deb files, but no instructions regarding how to install them:
Can somebody please tell me where to find instructions? All of my attempts to search have failed.
I cannot find the download site for what I need to install wxWidgets on Debian. I do want to use v3.0.2, since that is what is now on Windows, and I hope to build my project in both environments.
Thank you for your help.

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Installing "codeblocks-13.12" in Debian 7 Wheezy :

Make sure that "backports" are included in /etc/apt/sources.list,
like :
deb wheezy-backports main contrib
deb wheezy-backports non-free
.. If not, please add the two lines, and do # apt-get update

"codeblocks-13.12" : # apt-get install codeblocks
( Ref. )

I cannot find the download site for what I need to install wxWidgets on Debian
Linux : You are not supposed to download packages.
All ~35,000 libraries and applications can be installed with # apt-get, or synaptic.
Please open `synaptic' Package Manager, ( do a 'Refresh' ),
.. and see for yourself.


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Old 11-18-2014, 12:36 PM   #3
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Thank you, knudfl... I followed your instructions and have installed Code::Blocks. It gave me v2.8 of wxWidgets, and v10.05 of Code::Blocks however. (I'm using wxWidgets 3.0.2 and C::B 13.12 on the Windows set-up.) I think I'm going to want to uninstall this and try to get the current versions of the tools.

I don't seem to have 'synaptic' though... okay, I'm SLOWLY catching on... ran 'apt-get install synaptic'. Lots of install feedback. Then:

# synaptic
No protocol specified
(synaptic 2890): Gtk-WARNING **: cannot open display: :0

I'll keep searching... thank you again for your help.


Last edited by kathbeau; 11-18-2014 at 12:41 PM. Reason: Correction
Old 11-18-2014, 01:35 PM   #4
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Just a quick follow-up: in a thread on the Ubuntu forums (I'm not using Ubuntu; I'm on Debian) a question came up about how to run Synaptic on KDE. I'm running KDE, too. Some kind soul explained that it is found on the desktop through Application -> System -> Package Manager. It prompted me to log in as root, and now I'm in.

The adventure continues... I'm adding this in case it helps somebody else searching for "syntaptic" and "kde" and "debian".
Old 11-19-2014, 11:15 AM   #5
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Still struggling with this.

I followed the instructions to obtain "backports" as described above. And I can see the backport versions in Synaptic. But I cannot figure out how to get them installed.

Here are the steps I have tried:
  • Run Synaptic Package Manager
  • Locate the codeblocks package in the packages list
  • Force version from 10.05 to 13.12-1~bpo70+1
  • This also forces package codeblocks-common to this version

When reviewing Properties->Dependencies for codeblocks package, it Suggests
  • libwxgtk2.8-dev (I will want v3.0, which, again, I see is available for forcing)
  • wx-common
  • codeblocks-contrib

But when I Force Version on codeblocks-contrib, the checkbox displays a red block ... errors in the dependency handling.

If I try to install just the codeblocks and codeblocks-common packages, ignoring the suggested codeblocks-contrib, it installs... but cannot run.

Uninstalling the two packages, and falling back to the command line:

# apt-get install codeblocks

Installs Code::Blocks, and it runs... but it is the wrong version.

Attempts to upgrade (force version) after installing the old version gets me into trouble with broken packages that Synaptic cannot fix.

Clearly, I just don't understand something.

Reminder: I do have the official binaries for v13.02 from (see my original message). I even tried installing one, taking a wild guess at the possibility it might be the uber-installer package that would use the others as it needed them. This strategy failed.

Don't know what to try next.
Old 11-19-2014, 01:05 PM   #6
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Finally figured it out by clicking around, crossing my fingers, and praying I wasn't going to destroy my environment.

In Synaptic, Settings->Preferences dialog, Distribution tab, I changed the bullet from "Always prefer highest version" to "Prefer versions from wheezy backports".

Then I selected these three packages:

Hit Apply, and everything installed. Went to the desktop Applications->Development menu and found Code::Blocks IDE... and it works! More important, it's the right version and I was able to create a test project.

So the good news is I got the application I need.

But this was kind of a crazy way to go without a roadmap.

Oh, and I changed the Synaptic Preferences back to "Always prefer highest version", just so I don't do something I don't intend in the future.
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