Nightly Chameleon Builds

I’ve decided to go ahead with the Nightly Chameleon Builds , after taking into consideration of my readers input based on my previous blog post , The reason why I started doing Nightly Builds is based on my previous experience on PearPC. Back in the good ol’ PearPC days (yes , it was the only emulator out there that could run MacOS X in PC ,before the Intel transition) , I use to compile nightly builds and custom builds and put it up on my site. It did generate a lot of interest from people and not to mention rapid feedback from all folks to the development team. I decided to use the same thing with Chameleon. Anyhow , lets get into the content of this post

Oh one more thing , be sure to read the FAQ (after the jump) before embarking on the journey to download nightly build !

Download Link

FAQ (after the jump)


FAQ


What are Nightly Builds ?

Nightly builds are basically latest builds fresh from Chameleon repo (svn). Basically from time to time , developers do tend to add new functionalities to chameleon which could be beneficial to us. These changes are later collected to form the basis of a new Chameleon version. Nightly builds generally are unstable and not recommended for production use. However its good for testing purposes and/or to experience what latest Chameleon version has to offer.

Why Nightly Builds ?

As I’ve said earlier , its basically to help developers to gather feedback from users. Plus its easier for users to give feedback to developers. Plus on top of that I am sick of people including their own boot logo and other crap with Chameleon. This is just fresh , as in from the svn repo delivered to you with no added MSG  or preservatives ! Yes , you get it as it is – no crap , no installers , no lame themes , etc

How long does it take for the nightly builds to be updated ?

I updated them at least once or twice a day unless I’m away from my computer for whatever reasons. Currently , its being compiled on my server and pushed to the server via FTP. This process is entirely automated via a bash script. I’ll run this script entirely in the server and it will be fully automated

What are included in Nightly Builds ?

Just the compile binaries + a changelog . You get the entire chameleon binaries that you get from the official site minus the documentation , the artwork and other stuff

There are soo many files in the folder , how do I know which is which ?

To make your life easier , all builds are assigned with revision number and build date when it was compiled. The file follows the following format

nightly_<header>_<revision>_<date>.tgz

whereby header is either trunk or branches (i.e meklort’s) , revision is the svn revision and date is the date of which the files are compiled (+8 GMT)

So if you’re looking for a newer revision , try to look for a newer revision or newer build date

How do I install it ?

Currently , I am in the midst of writing a complete how-to with pictures and hopefully a video link soon on how to explain. But for now , I have nothing written (Thanks PolishOX)  ,You may read a simple yet detailed guide here , alternatively check out the alternatives which I provide . I hope to get a working guide or video tutorial as soon as possible. If you want to help me , feel free to drop me an e-mail. I would appreciate it

If you are still unsure of how to install it , I would recommend you to read the following guides – How to Install Chameleon by iHackintosh , tonymacx86 – how to install chameleon from Terminal , Install Chameleon to EFI/GPT [Recommended for EFI users]

I dont trust you , how do I compile chameleon myself ?

Kindly refer here

Do I get support for nightly builds ?

No , you may not get support for this. However if you want to help developers by posting bug reports (useful ones and not ‘ZOMG , it does not work) , feel free to head here. Register account and file a bug report ! Please be sure to specify the build that you’re using (i.e 602 and the date it was compiled) . Lastly but not least , do not annoy them !

I want <insert developers name> branch to be built and added to the downloads , do something ?

Yes if there is enough demand , I’ll host the branches as well. The reason why I don’t do that is that its much more unstable. But suppose if a lot of people do request for it , I have no objections in hosting it !

Credits :-
PolishOX , nawcom , lastExile/DV8 , zef , the awesome developers @ chameleon repo the guys over at irc.ox86.hu , #snowleopard  and a lot of people who encouraged me and motivated me

4 thoughts on “Nightly Chameleon Builds”

  1. For the Hackintosh community and the MBR/Chameleon/Bootloader i follow your news with great interest. This way it will become more easy for the PC users to try OSX on there Computer. They have 1 harddisk and have to do it with the 1 harddisk, they can try it now. Offcourse they need minimum 2 partitions.

  2. F. de Graaf :
    For the Hackintosh community and the MBR/Chameleon/Bootloader i follow your news with great interest. This way it will become more easy for the PC users to try OSX on there Computer. They have 1 harddisk and have to do it with the 1 harddisk, they can try it now. Offcourse they need minimum 2 partitions. Here in the Netherlands we have Hackintosh.nl and kexts.com

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