OK, I understand. Thanks for the explanation. I am not a programmer and have no plans to change any code and don’t need to set up an IDE.
The reason I wanted to build from source was to see if it was any more stable than the appimage. Unfortunately the answer is no. I am begining to wonder if it is my system, as opposed to synfig studio itself, but I really wouldn’t know where to start looking into this.
I have built 1.2.1 from source, it runs, but it is just as unstable. Also, it has missing icons and the debug (when I run from a terminal) shows that a lot of the icons can’t be found in my current them. I have tried all the different icon themes, even Adwaita, and the problem persists. Not a show stopper in itself.
When I say it is unstable, I mean it just randomly crashes on me. I can’t use it for more than 15 to 20 minutes without it crashing. I can’t replicate the issue, the crash seems truly random, unrelated to any particular function of the synfig studio. My current workaround is to have it autobackup every 1 minute, at least I don’t lose too much.
I am running Ubuntu Mate 16.04, I wonder if I should try another flavour/desktop ? I could easily install xubuntu, or gnome onto another partition, not an issue. Do you have a feel for how stable 1.2.1 is ? Would you be able to take a look at any of my log files and offer any advice ? (Again, not complaining here, just trying to figure this out).