If what you really wanted was source, please note that the only source version that I am currently distributing is GED2HTML version 2.4a. If you want to play with source code to this old version, go ahead and download it, but as I am no longer developing or supporting this version, you are pretty much on your own. You will need an ANSI C compiler (such as GCC) and a "make" utility to compile the program. Old non-ANSI C compilers will not work, sorry. Also, you may have to do various kinds of tweaking to the C preprocessor #define's or the Makefile to get the source to compile on your particular system. Many times this is due to lack of ANSI compliance of the compiler being used.
The generic distribution of GED2HTML comes in the form of a gzipped tar file, so you will need "gunzip" and "tar" (standard tools on most Unices) to unpack the distribution. After downloading, you should have a file "g2hdocs.tar.gz". First, uncompress it using the command:
The GED2HTML executables for the various platforms are distributed as gzipped binary files. For example, after downloading the executable for a SparcStation running Solaris 2.4, you might have a file "ged2html_v2.5b_solaris5.4.gz". Put it in the same directory where you unpacked the current distribution and uncompress it using the commands:
In keeping with the Unix tradition of terse programs, the Unix version of GED2HTML does not print many comforting messages as it reads your data and writes the output files. The only message printed is a single line output after GED2HTML has finished reading your GEDCOM, but before it begins creating the HTML files. This message reports the number of lines of GEDCOM that were processed, and how many of each different kind of record (individual, family, note, etc.) were encountered.
By default, the HTML files produced by the Unix version of GED2HTML are placed in the current directory. You may peruse the files with your Web browser to verify that they are OK. Good starting points are the files "persons.html" and "surnames.html".
Exactly how long it will take to process your GEDCOM is primarily dependent on whether you have enough RAM on your system for the size GEDCOM you are attempting to process. Roughly speaking, this generally amounts to about one megabyte of RAM per thousand individuals in your GEDCOM. Thus, a 10,000-individual GEDCOM could be processed comfortably in 10MB of RAM. In this case, the program will spend most of its time generating the output files, rather than reading the input data. As the ratio of individuals to RAM approaches one megabyte of RAM per two thousand individuals, the program will become slower and slower at reading in the GEDCOM file, and will make extensive use of the disk. It is probably not feasible to process a GEDCOM if there are more than three thousand individuals per megabyte of RAM.
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