[Mono-osx] Building libgdiplus on OS X

Geoff Norton gnorton at novell.com
Mon Jun 1 15:37:20 EDT 2009

On 1-Jun-09, at 3:17 PM, Lee V.Andrus wrote:

> I have had the same problem with building the latest source from the
> Subversion repository.  The utility "aclocal" cannot find several
> ".m4" files containing the definitions of macros referenced by
> "configure.in" that are supposed to enable "configure" to determine if
> various packages are present.  So the raw text of some
> "PKG_CHECK_MODULES" macro references wind up in "configure", where
> they do no good.  Various methods can be used to tell aclocal where
> additional files are, including defining environment variable
> ACLOCAL_FLAGS="-I /another/folder/containing/m4/files" when running
> "autogen.sh" or putting the folder pathnames in file "/usr/share/
> aclocal/dirlist", one per line.  type "info aclocal" in a Terminal
> window for more info on aclocal.  Unfortunately, I have not been able
> to find the missing ".m4" files for "xlib", "xlib_xrender", "xcb",
> "png", "glitz", "GLITZ_AGL", "GLITZ_EGL", "GLITZ_GLX", "GLITZ_WGL",
> "directfb", "FONTCONFIG", "FREETYPE", "POPPLER", and "LIBRSVG".  And
> that is after I installed the "fontconfig" and "freetype" packages.
> Does anyone know where they can be found?


> On another sour note, why does libgdiplus forbid its internal cairo
> from using Quartz Fonts?  I would think that using the native package
> would produce better performance, better compatibility with other Mac
> GUI functions, and maybe reduce the number of packages one needs to
> install.  But I found this in libgdiplus/configure.in:
> # gdiplus mac note; if we have quartz and ft fonts, quartz is the
> default and gdi+ assumes the latter everywhere, force it out
> # of the internal build
> 	ac_configure_args="$ac_configure_args --disable-quartz-font"

Because no one has submitted a patch that does all the work that is  
required to drop ft2/fc as a dep on OSX.  Would you like to?


>> Alex Shulgin alexander.shulgin at yessoftware.com
>> Mon Jun 1 08:53:18 EDT 2009
>> Hi,
>> I had to built libgdiplus on OS X recently and must admit that this
>> was
>> quite an experience.
>> So I'd love to see clear instructions from developers how is one
>> supposed to do that.  Also, if someone is trying to build it now or
>> later this might save him some time.
>> Here's the summary of what finally worked for me:
>> * Install mono-2.4 framework.
>> * Download & unpack libgdiplus-2.4.tar.bz2.
>> ...
>> I've also tried to build libgdiplus from trunk, but couldn't get past
>> configure step.
>> Yes, autogen.sh provided in trunk has --with-cairo=internal option
>> (so I
>> don't need to hide installed cairo.pc), but configure fails at random
>> places while trying to locate dependencies (BASE_DEPENDENCIES, GTK,
>> etc.).  Setting ACLOCAL_PATH to current mono installation didn't
>> help me
>> with this problem.
>> ...
>> --
>> Regards,
>> Alex
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