Friday, December 12, 2008

[Alchemy] 22 Nightmare Steps for me to Getting Started

my last try with C++ was back to around year 1994 with Turbo C or Borland C (as i remember), let's try again in 2008 lol, i’m on window xp btw… let’s go!


Step 1 Download and install Cygwin. Make sure to install the following packages:

  • Perl

  • zip

  • gcc / g++ //it's in Devel folder (took me an hour to find)


Step 2 Download and install Java.
// as i said just get them both

  • Java SE Runtime Environment (JRE) 6 Update 11
  • Java SE Development Kit (JDK) 6 Update 11

Step 3 Make sure to restart the Cygwin terminal after installing Java.
// huh? i didn't start anything yet shall i restart?

Step 4
Download and install the Flex SDK, and add the $FLEX_HOME/bin directory to your Cygwin environment's path (within ~/.bashrc) (See below for an example).
// (within ~/.bashrc)??? i got 2 of bashrc file which one?

  • C:\cygwin\etc\skel\.bashrc <-- this one? let's see inside

    # To pick up the latest recommended .bashrc content,
    # look in /etc/defaults/etc/skel/.bashrc
    // hmmm? this mean if i need last know good one i've to take from defaults folder right?

    # The copy in your home directory (~/.bashrc) is yours, please
    # feel free to customise it to create a shell

    // hmmmmmmm home directory? where is it? is that "C:\cygwin\" or "C:\" ? or should i create new folder like this "C:\~" or this "C:\home" ???

  • C:\cygwin\etc\defaults\etc\skel\.bashrc <-- or this one?
    # Modifying /etc/skel/.bashrc directly will prevent
    # setup from updating it.

    // hmmmmmmmmmm so i do not need to mod it right?

//look like i fail already in step 4 let's skip(1st) this and look back later

Step 5 Download the Alchemy Package for your system from the pre-release site. For this example, we will assume that Windows is being used.
// easy one :

Step 6 Unzip the package and copy the alchemy folder to you system. We will refer to this path as $ALCHEMY_HOME
// you system? your system? it's that "C:\WINDOWS"?, or  "C:\WINDOWS\system" ??, or "C:\WINDOWS\system32" ???, i got plenty of system here which one???, ….skip again(2nd)

Step 7 Open a Cygwin terminal and change to the $ALCHEMY_HOME/ directory.
// Cygwin terminal? should be here : C:\cygwin\Cygwin.bat

@echo off

chdir C:\cygwin\bin

bash --login –i


// huh? after launch i can see C:\~ in title which mean system folder is "C:\” ????
and then “change to the $ALCHEMY_HOME/ directory” ….how?… let’s type “help” there


hmm… how about “dir”
okie, another clue here i’m in “C:\Documents and Settings\todsaporn.banjerdkit” folder
let’s copy “alchemy-cygwin-v0.4a” to C:\cygwin\alchemy cause i assume that “C:\cygwin\” is root folder
and then…

Step 8
Run the $ALCHEMY_HOME/config script



ok, i got Flex 3.2 here C:\Program Files\Adobe\Flex Builder 3\sdks\3.2.0\bin, then “and add /path/to/FlexSDK/bin to your path.” …your path? which path? maybe %PATH% in
“Environment Variables”  here;en-us;310519

let’s add them both user and system!


and then exit and restart last step again


great! warning is gone! , let’s try next step

Step 9 Open alchemy_setup for editing and add the path to the ADL executable (included in the Flex SDK):

export ADL=/cygdrive/c/flex/bin/adl.exe

Make sure to uncomment this line, and that it contains the path to ADL.exe on your system.

#line 22

export ADL=C:\Program Files\Adobe\Flex Builder 3\sdks\3.2.0\bin\adl.exe

if you follow me to this step you ‘ll end up with plenty of error here LOL, sorry :P
almost 3 days gone to setup! who ever write this instruction suppose to be in 600 adobe cut-out list :P, before this story go to far i’ll cut it to the end


  1. “C:\Program Files\Adobe\Flex Builder 3\sdks\3.2.0” never work cause folder name it’s too fancy, you must change (copy) flex folder to something like “C:\flex” and folder structure will look like this

    and below this actually no need but…it’s refuse to compile if i remove it, don’t ask me why :P

  2. “.bashrc” never call for me, i already put “.bashrc” file to every folder in c:\ drive, but they never call, for me i use “C:\cygwin\etc\profile” file to add start up command like this

    echo "profile..."
    export FLEX_HOME=/cygdrive/c/flex

    export ALCHEMY_HOME=/alchemy/
    source /alchemy/alchemy-setup

    export PATH

  3. you can access “C:\” by use “/cygdrive/c/” for sample “C:\alchemy” mean “/cygdrive/c/alchemy/”
  4. Step 9 will look like this --> export ADL=/cygdrive/c/flex/bin/adl.exe


as you can see below, i still got error msg there but thing get compiled and running! weird ever!


so, if you completely noobs like me and not feeling so lucky, i think you can skip this and try again really later, for me i’m done with this ;/


i think i didn’t need c++ for real life by now, so let’s get back to 3D thing ;P

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Anonymous said...

Zip is need for SWF generation (compressed) but for Perl i dont know

Anonymous said...

"C:\Program Files\Adobe\Flex Builder 3\sdks\3.2.0" never work cause folder name it’s too fancy, you must change (copy) flex folder to something like "C:\flex"

LOL. Totally.

It took me a while to get it going as well especially setting up cygwin.

cosmoz said...

Very good try and effort mate.

SPUTN1K said...

lol your comments made me laugh :)

k10blogger said...

so i am not the only one.

it took me quite a while to setup up cygwin.