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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).
[Well, this is not really correct. A few years ago a perl
implementation of make called `makepp' has appeared which can also
build FreeType 2 successfully on Unix platforms. See
for more details; you need version 1.19 or newer, and you must
pass option `--norc-substitution'.]
Trying to compile the library with a different Make tool will
print a message like:
Sorry, GNU make is required to build FreeType2.
and the build process will be aborted. If this happens, install
GNU Make on your system, and use the GNUMAKE environment variable
to name it, if necessary.
2. 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 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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