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Build Io on Ubuntu Dapper

Thursday, July 27th, 2006

The Io language has a brand new build system. Gone is the static linking, Io is now dynamically linked. I believe the build system is far better than its predecessor.

It will need a couple of iterations to iron out a couple of problems. The detection of the dependencies for the bindings needs a small revision: it only checks for the libraries, not the header files. This is problematic on debian based system where, traditionally, a library X is in a package named libX and the header files in libX-dev.

If you want to experience Io on Dapper, you will have to do the following:

> sudo apt-get install build-essential
  libsqlite0-dev
  libpcre3-dev
  libfreetype6-dev
  freeglut3-dev
  libgmp3-dev
  libncurses5-dev
  libpng12-dev
  libtiff4-dev
  libevent-dev
[...]
> sudo ldconfig

To get the SGML binding working, you will have to get your hands dirty with libsgml. Here is how:

> wget http://www.hick.org/code/skape/libsgml/libsgml-1.1.4.tar.gz
[...]
> tar xfz libsgml-1.1.4.tar.gz
[...]
> cd libsgml-1.1.4
> ./configure
[...]
> make
[...]

Before going any further, you need to edit the Makefile and change the first line of the install target from:

install -m 644 -o root -g root --directory /usr/local/include/sgml

into this:

install -o root -g root --directory /usr/local/include/sgml
install -m 644 -o root -g root include/Variant.h \
    /usr/local/include/sgml/Variant.h

Don’t ask… Finally, to install libsgml in a relatively clean way, I suggest using checkinstall like this:

> sudo apt-get install checkinstall
> sudo checkinstall

The stage is ready for Io:

> sudo apt-get install darcs
[...]
> darcs get http://www.iolanguage.com/darcs/Io
[...]
> cd Io
> make

May the cloning begin!

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Updated on 05/09/06: fixed typo, thanks to Jesse’s comment.

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