Re: Builing abiword-1.1.4

From: F J Franklin (
Date: Tue Apr 15 2003 - 05:58:58 EDT

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    On Tue, 15 Apr 2003, Martin Keienburg wrote:
    > It took me quite some time to realize what the peer libraries are good
    > for. But what is the best way to deal with libwv?

    Whether building STABLE (1.0.x) or HEAD (1.1.x) you are advised to use the
    corresponding peer wv sources. If you really know what you're doing (and
    very few people do) then it is possible to install wv as a system library
    and to build AbiWord against the system-installed version of wv.

    In general, keep the wv sources provided parallel with abi and let abi
    take care of building wv for you. Don't try to build wv yourself.

    >> Please note though (EAZen, feel free to highlight this) that we do not
    >> support and in fact strongly discourage the use of peer-provided
    >> unofficial sources by linux users, ...
    >> The one notable exception is libwv, the maintainer of which strongly
    >> encourages the use of wv in abisource's cvs and distribution.
    > Is this information still up-to-date? Are there differences if building
    > 1.0.x or 1.1.x? Can someone who knows what is going on please clearify?

    The information is pretty much up-to-date, yes. When building HEAD (1.1.x)
    on linux you should have only "abi", "abidistfiles" and "wv". If you want
    to build any plugins, you will need "abiword-plugins" also. These sources
    should, to make life easy, be parallel directories.

    Building STABLE (1.0.x) will require "psiconv" and "expat" (or libxml2,
    not a peer) either installed system-wide or as peer sources, and will
    need the "unixfonts" peer module as well. Again, allow abi to build the
    peers for you.

    In either case, as mentioned above, you should use the corresponding peer
    wv unless you really know what you're doing.

    "abiword-plugins" is slightly separate in that abi will not build them
    automatically. You need to run "configure" & "make" & "make install"
    yourself, and if "configure" isn't there you will first need to run
    "./". See the README. Make sure you use concurrent sources for
    "abi" & "abiword-plugins" and you are advised to delete any old
    AbiWord plugins you have lying around.

    Regards, Frank

    Francis James Franklin

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