Compiling Bluefish from source

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Compiling bluefish from source tarballs

installing the requirements

Build requirements:

  • a C compiler (for example gcc or clang-gcc)
  • gnu make

Library / header file requirements:

  • gtk+ 2 or 3 development files (sometimes called libgtk2.0-dev or libgtk2-devel, or libgtk-3-dev)
  • libxml2 development files (sometimes called libxml2-dev or libxml2-devel)

Optional libraries / header files:

  • libenchant + development files (for spell checking, libenchant-dev)
  • libgucharmap + development files (for the character map side pane plugin, libgucharmap-dev)
  • python development files (python-dev or python-devel)

Debian and Ubuntu packages required

  • make
  • gcc
  • libgtk2.0-dev or libgtk-3-dev
  • libxml2-dev

and optional

  • libenchant-dev
  • libgucharmap2-dev
  • python-dev

Getting and compiling

  • get the latest source from http://www.bennewitz.com/bluefish/stable/source/
  • unpack
    • for a gzipped file tar -xzf bluefish-2.2.xxxx.tar.gz
    • for a bzipped file tar -xjf bluefish-2.2.xxxx.tar.bz2
  • cd bluefish-2.2.xxxx
  • run ./configure
  • run make
  • switch to root and run make install

Compiling bluefish straight from subversion

Building (assumes required packages have been installed)

svn co https://bluefish.svn.sourceforge.net/svnroot/bluefish/trunk/bluefish
cd bluefish
./autogen.sh
./configure
make
sudo make install


Debian and Ubuntu packages required to build from subversion

  • libtool
  • intltool
  • automake
  • autoconf
  • make
  • libgtk2.0-dev or libgtk-3-dev
  • libenchant-dev
  • libgucharmap2-dev
  • libxml2-dev
  • subversion
  • python-dev