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This document contains instructions on how to build the FreeType
library on Unix systems. This also works for emulations like Cygwin
or MSys on Win32:
1. Ensure that you are using GNU Make
The FreeType build system _exclusively_ works with GNU Make. You
will not be able to compile the library with the instructions
below using any other alternative (including BSD Make).
Check that you have GNU make by running the command:
make -v
This should dump some text that begins with:
GNU Make <version number>
Copyright (C) <year> Free Software Foundation Inc.
Note that version 3.78.1 or higher is *required* or the build will
It is also fine to have GNU Make under another name (e.g. 'gmake')
if you use the GNUMAKE variable as described below.
As a special exception, 'makepp' can also be used to build
FreeType 2. See the file docs/MAKEPP for details.
2. Regenerate the configure script if needed
This only applies if you are building a CVS snapshot or checkout,
*not* if you grabbed the sources of an official release.
You need to invoke the `' script in the top-level
directory in order to create the `configure' script for your
platform. Normally, this simply means typing:
In case of problems, you may need to install or upgrade Automake,
Autoconf or Libtool. See README.CVS in the top-level directory
for more information.
3. Build and install the library
The following should work on all Unix systems where the `make'
command invokes GNU Make:
./configure [options]
make install (as root)
The default installation path is `/usr/local'. It can be changed
with the `--prefix=<path>' option. Example:
./configure --prefix=/usr
When using a different command to invoke GNU Make, use the GNUMAKE
variable. For example, if `gmake' is the command to use on your
system, do something like:
GNUMAKE=gmake ./configure [options]
gmake install (as root)
If this still doesn't work, there must be a problem with your
system (e.g., you are using a very old version of GNU Make).
It is possible to compile FreeType in a different directory.
Assuming the FreeType source files in directory `/src/freetype' a
compilation in directory `foo' works as follows:
cd foo
/src/freetype/configure [options]
make install
Copyright 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 by
David Turner, Robert Wilhelm, and Werner Lemberg.
This file is part of the FreeType project, and may only be used,
modified, and distributed under the terms of the FreeType project
license, LICENSE.TXT. By continuing to use, modify, or distribute
this file you indicate that you have read the license and understand
and accept it fully.
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