[tex-live] dvisvgm with libgs on mac os x

Mojca Miklavec mojca.miklavec.lists at gmail.com
Mon Mar 12 00:26:16 CET 2018

On 12 March 2018 at 00:02, jfbu wrote:
> hi,
> asking for help on how to compile dvisvgm from TeXLive sources
> so that it can locate the libgs library on my mac which is at
> /opt/local/lib
> (/opt/local/lib/libgs.dylib is a symlink to libgs.9.22.dylib)
> With the vanilla ./Build produced dvisvgm, I need to pass --libgs option
> to dvisvgm binary when using it like this
> $ dvisvgm --libgs="/opt/local/lib/libgs.dylib" temp.dvi
> and it does work fine (temp.dvi contains 18 postscript specials)

I would try with
    export LDFLAGS="-L/opt/local/lib"
    export CXXFLAGS="-I/opt/local/include"

But keep in mind that when ghostscript gets updated, you might need to
recompile the binary. Why don't you use
    sudo port install dvisvgm

I tried to update it just now (the latest version is not in the repo
yet). Two tests fail:
FAIL: DVIReaderTest
FAIL: FontManagerTest
but I'm not sure about how the situation was before.

> I tried to play with the configure options listed at
> http://tug.org/texlive/doc/tlbuild.html#Configure-options-for-texk_002fdvisvgm
> my last attempt did
> Work$ ../configure --disable-all-pkgs --disable-native-texlive-build --enable-multiplatform --prefix="/opt/local" --disable-cxx-runtime-hack --enable-dvisvgm --with-system-libgs --with-libgs-includes="/opt/local/include/ghostscript" --with-libgs-libdir="/opt/local/lib/"
> but it did not seem to succeed.
> Is there something wrong in my environment variables

No. But when neither pkg-config nor cmake know where to find the
binaries, you need to provide explicit hints.

> (I noticed /opt/local/lib is not in my PATH, I have no idea if that matters)

It should not be.

> I googled a bit for location of dylib's on the mac, and found no
> immediately usable answer

They are spread all over the place. The dylibs in /opt/local/lib
(usually) come from MacPorts, but that's by far not the only place
where you can find them. Usually each .app bundle ships its own copy
of libraries.


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