Prerequisites for Debian

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This page shows how to install the standard dependencies of apertium (and related packages) on Debian / Ubuntu / Mint / other Debian-based operating systems.


If you don't plan on working on the core C++ packages (but only want to work on / use language pairs), you can install all prerequisites with apt-get, using User:Tino Didriksen's repository. The first line here adds this repository to apt, then we can just install the usual way:

# Pick one:

# Nightly, unstable, for development - if in doubt, use this:
wget https://apertium.projectjj.com/apt/install-nightly.sh -O - | sudo bash

# Release, stable, don't use for development:
wget https://apertium.projectjj.com/apt/install-release.sh -O - | sudo bash

sudo apt-get -f install apertium-all-dev

# or, to get all dependencies for building a language from svn:
sudo apt-get -f install locales build-essential automake subversion pkg-config \
 gawk libtool apertium-all-dev

(Note that you have to run that first line, you should not install the apertium-related packages that are in the standard Debian/Ubuntu repos if you want to do development, these are massively out-of-date.)

If you just want to use a language pair, you can also install that with e.g. sudo apt-get install apertium-kaz-tat.

If you want to work on a language pair, you'll have to check out the language data from SVN and compile it (but you can still skip the stuff about installing apertium/lttoolbox/apertium-lex-tools).


Otherwise, e.g. if you want to work on the core C++ packages, install their dependencies with apt-get like this:

sudo apt-get -f install subversion build-essential pkg-config gawk libxml2 \
libxml2-dev libxml2-utils xsltproc flex automake libtool libpcre3-dev zlib1g-dev

If you need vislcg3/cg-proc/cg-comp (Constraint Grammar), you should also do:

sudo apt-get -f install libboost-dev libgoogle-perftools-dev libicu-dev cmake

Once you've installed these packages, continue to Minimal installation from SVN.


[edit] See also

  • Apertium on Ubuntu – more installation and troubleshooting help specific to Ubuntu/Debian
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