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How to build the FreeType library on VMS
It is actually very straightforward to install the FreeType library.
Just execute ` from` the toplevel directory to build the
library. This procedure currently accepts the following options:
Build the library with debug information and without optimization.
* `lopts=<value>`
Options to pass to the link command, e.g., `lopts=/traceback`.
* `ccopt=<value>`
Options to pass to the C compiler, e.g., `ccopt=/float=ieee`.
In case you did download the demos, place them in a separate directory
sharing the same top level as the directory of FreeType and follow the
same instructions as above for the demos from there. The build
process relies on this to figure out the location of the FreeType
include files.
To rebuild the sources it is necessary to have MMS/MMK installed on
the system.
The library is available in the directory
To compile applications using FreeType you have to define the logical
`FREETYPE` pointing to the directory
i.e., if the directory in which this `INSTALL.VMS` file is located is
`$disk:[]`, then define the logical with
define freetype $disk:[freetype.include.freetype]
See for
the packages FreeType depends on.
The latest versions were tested using
- VSI C V7.4-002 and DECWindows V1.7-F on OpenVMS Alpha V8.4-2L1
- VSI C V7.4-001 and DECWindows V1.7-E on OpenVMS IA64 V8.4-2L3
Any problems can be reported to
Jouk Jansen <> or
Orginal version of the build procedures was created by
Martin P.J. Zinser <>
Copyright (C) 2000-2023 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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