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29 May 2024 08:35:15 EDT (-0400)
  Re: Install povray- using source  
From: William F Pokorny
Date: 4 May 2023 15:23:37
Message: <64540639$1@news.povray.org>
On 5/4/23 07:50, puni wrote:
> One confirmation to you, I've to install povray from source, I need this package
> in all nodes of HPC cluster so I'm installing this on mounted storage system
> from source.

I'll say a few things in addition to what jr has said.

First, You've specifically stated the version of source you are trying 
to compile is v3.7.0.0. There have been a number of issues fixed over 
time and the current v3.7 source release is: v3. See:


There have been a number of boost related linking issues in the past 
with various compile configuration triggers. Many were worked around by 

LIBS="-lboost_system -lboost_thread -lboost_date_time"

and later for a brief time just


to the ./configure invocation.

The newer v3.8 release has worked to remove some of the boost 
dependencies and IIRC v4.0 (master) uses only boost headers.

The latest v3.8 release - including a more traditional unix tarball 
where you need run only the ./configure script in the traditional way 
can be found at:


with povunix-v3.8.0-beta.2-src.tar.gz being the traditional sort of unix 

Of course, you may or may not want to use v3.8 for other reasons.

Some linux distributions put the boost libraries in directory location 
certain versions of autotools won't find automatically and you need to 
point to the library explicitly while running ./configure.

This had to be done on some Raspberry Pi systems running the Raspbian OS 
(Now called Raspberry Pi OS I think). Let me see if I can find that 
thread... Yep, from June 2017 a user found they had to configure with:

  ./configure ... --with-boost-libdir=/usr/lib/arm-linux-gnueabihf

If your boost library is in a non-standard location, you might need 
something similar while running ./configure. Though it looked from the 
snippet as if you are finding some of boost during configuration for the 
compile and link.

Bill P.

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