author Robert O'Callahan <>
Fri, 12 Feb 2010 14:11:30 +1300
changeset 38091 f12473882d84252401d963ec0a2898f79274559e
parent 22693 9e5b08f9e9d96d15872c7b8c60312bb579be4115
child 39866 228a9faee7e828e27145ec9245ede3467564b54b
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Backing out bug 541406 due to test failure

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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