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There are several ways to build the FreeType library, depending on your
system and the level of customization you need. Here is a short
overview of the documentation available:
I. Normal installation and upgrades
1. Native TrueType Hinting
Native TrueType hinting is disabled by default[1]. If you really
need it, read the file "TRUETYPE" for information.
2. Unix Systems (as well as Cygwin or MSys on Windows)
Please read *both* UPGRADE.UNX and INSTALL.UNX to install or upgrade
FreeType 2 on a Unix system. Note that you *will* need GNU Make,
since other make tools won't work (this includes BSD Make).
3. On VMS with the "mms" build tool
See INSTALL.VMS for installation instructions on this platform.
4. Other systems using GNU Make
On non-Unix platforms, it is possible to build the library using GNU
Make utility. Note that *NO OTHER MAKE TOOL WILL WORK*[2]! This
methods supports several compilers on Windows, OS/2, and BeOS,
including Mingw, Visual C++, Borland C++, and more.
Instructions are provided in the file "INSTALL.GNU".
5. With an IDE Project File (e.g. for Visual Studio or CodeWarrior)
We provide a small number of "project files" for various IDEs to
automatically build the library as well. Note that these files are
not supported and sporadically maintained by FreeType developers, so
don't expect them to work in each release.
To find them, have a look at the content of the "builds/<system>"
directory, where <system> stands for your OS or environment.
6. From you own IDE, or own Makefiles
If you want to create your own project file, follow the instructions
given in the "INSTALL.ANY" document of this directory.
II. Custom builds of the library
Customizing the compilation of FreeType is easy, and allows you to
select only the components of the font engine that you really need.
For more details read the file "CUSTOMIZE".
[1] More details on:
[2] make++, a make tool written in Perl, has sufficient support of GNU
make extensions to build FreeType. See for more information.
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