"Bald Eagle" <cre### [at] netscapenet> wrote:
> I have a fairly new laptop that I'm setting up and sorting out, and at some
> point I became aware that there is really precious little clear, methodical,
> detailed information on how to install povray on a linux system, that is right
> here on the POV-Ray website.
> So, in an effort to work out a fairly robust process for folks new to linux, and
> unfamiliar with all of "the usual" ways of doing things that are just left as
> "we assumed that you already know how to do all of this..." (no) I'm going to
> use this thread to document installation of official POV-Ray, perhaps by several
> methods, version 3.8 alpha, and hopefully povr and hgpovray38 as well.
I don't know how far you have got with this. And it has been a long time since I
Right now I wanted to see if I could remember anything related to that. Here's
what I did on my x86_64 PC running Ubuntu 20.04.2 LTS in order to compile
sudo apt install libboost-dev libpng-dev libjpeg-dev libtiff-dev
git clone https://github.com/POV-Ray/povray
git checkout release/v3.7.0
./configure COMPILED_BY="My Name <email@address>"
sudo make install
(I did not actually execute the last line.) configure mentioned that it can not
find an sdl library, so there is no preview window while POV-Ray is rendering.
Perhaps it helps to do this before starting the process above:
sudo apt install libsdl1.2-dev
Also note that I have been using this PC for some months now, so there may be
some necessary utilities or libraries that has been installed along with other
programs that I have installed before now.
It might be that the process of compiling v3.8 is quite similar to this.
I see now that you mention installation of official POV-Ray. The process above
will, of coarse, always make and install an unofficial version.
Are you aware of any official prebuilt binary for x86_64 Linux PCs ?
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