I am going to try running POV under Ubuntu soon.
Is there an installation tutorial somewhere?
What editor do you recommend? I would prefer something like the Windows
editor so I don't have to learn multiple things at the same time.
On 10/1/2020 5:03 AM, William F Pokorny wrote:
> Notes on what I noticed related to POV-Ray.
> I've upgraded my main machine to Ubuntu 20.04.1. While I do my own
> compiles and run time set ups. I did look some at the povray package
> and into couple of "no longer supported by Canonical packages" used by
> those compiling there own versions of povray.
> With the later, the support for doxygen and sld1.2 development packages
> apparently no longer comes from Canonical - but they are still Debian
> packages and installed/install-able. In other words the Debian packages
> are now used straight up is the change.
> In a surprise - to me at least - the Debian folks (bullseye) have split
> the povray (1:126.96.36.199) installation into several packages:
> fonts-povray - Persistence of vision raytracer (3D renderer) fonts
> povray - Persistence of vision raytracer (3D renderer)
> povray-doc - Persistence of vision raytracer (3D renderer) documentation
> povray-examples - Persistence of vision raytracer (3D renderer) sample
> povray-includes - Persistence of vision raytracer (3D renderer) include
> I think this sort of split a good idea. It more or less matches what
> I've done in povr for my own development. Excepting, thus far I've kept
> a few core include files(8) with povray itself. The functions.inc file
> especially is strongly coupled/aligned to the particular povray compile
> due the inbuilt (c++ compiled) functions.
> I think all good. I was worried about the includes, but that package is
> marked as a recommended one so it will get installed too - unless a user
> does something uncommon to suppress the installation of recommended
> packages. Further the fonts are in the include package too as always so
> povray will find them.
> Props to the Debian package folks for fonts-povray. What they've done
> there is create a package putting the povray fonts in:
> which means a good many editors will pick them up if that package is
> The one other change I picked up is the scene files are now installed
> in: /usr/share/doc/povray/examples. The scenes were previously installed
> in: /usr/share/povray/scenes.
> Aside: With previous debian/ubuntu/other-linux packages or if using the
> usual build and install scripts yourself, 'povray' likely 'povray-3.7'
> or similar on your system. Further, the directories involved might be
> /usr/local/share over /usr/share.
> Bill P.
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