Building and Installing Rappture from Source Code

If possible, you should try to install Rappture the easy way, by downloading one of our prebuilt binary packages. But if that doesn't work for some reason, you can still install Rappture the hard way, by following the instructions on this page.

1. Prequisites

You will need the rappture sources and the runtime packages it uses. You can obtain the rappture and rappture-runtime sources either by downloading these tar files or through Subversion.

1.1 Tar files

Download both tar files:

1.2 Subversion

Checkout both rappture and the runtime sources.

svn co rappture
svn co runtime

1.3 System Requirements

You will need a C and C++ compiler. The following is a list of packages for debian distributions that should be installed.

  • gcc
  • g++
  • libssl-dev
  • make
  • patch
  • subversion
  • libx11-dev
  • libxt-dev
  • libxext-dev
  • libfreetype6-dev
  • libxft-dev
  • libgl1-mesa-dev
  • libxrandr-dev
  • libpng12-dev
  • libjpeg62-dev
  • libtiff4-dev
  • libxpm-dev
  • libncurses5-dev
  • libavcodec-dev
  • libavformat-dev

Other distribution's package names may differ slightly. The version numbers don't matter. For example, libpng12-dev or libpng14-dev can be used.

1.3.1 Optional System Packages

Bindings will be built for whatever languages are found installed on your system. What this means is that if you want to use Rappture with let's say python, you need to have python development package installed before building Rappture.

Here is a list of optional debian packages

  • gfortran
  • perl
  • python
  • python-dev
  • ruby
  • ruby-dev
  • libperl-dev
  • sun-java6-jdk
  • sun-java6-jre

The following optional debian packages are useful too.

  • gdb
  • libavcodec-dev
  • libavformat-dev
  • libavutil-dev

2. Building Rappture

If you've down loaded the rappture and rappture-runtime tar files, unpack both files.

tar xpvf rappture-src-*.tar.gz
tar xpvf rappture-runtime-src-*.tar.gz

Run the build script.

sh runtime/

This will build the rappture runtime (things that rappture is dependent upon) and rappture itself. The results will be put into a directory "builds/<date>". <date> will be the current date (for example 20081014).

3. Test the build

Setup your path and try to run rappture.

For bash:

export PATH=$PWD/builds/20081014/bin:$PATH

For csh:

set path = ( $PWD/builds/20081014/bin $path )

Try to run one of the examples.

cd builds/20081014/examples/app-fermi/tcl

4. Move the build to its destination

Create the destination directory you would like to install Rappture (for example /usr/local/rappture) and move the build into it.

mkdir /usr/local/rappture
mv builds/20081014/* /usr/local/rappture

Edit the "rappture.env" file to indicate where you installed Rappture

vi /usr/local/rappture/bin/rappture.env

Change the INSTALL_RAPPTURE_DIR variable to the location of the destination directory.


Try running rappture again. First put the Rappture bin directory in your command path:
For bash:

export PATH=/usr/local/rappture/bin:$PATH

For csh:

set path = ( /usr/local/rappture/bin $path )

Go to the examples directory and run one of the examples:

cd /usr/local/rappture/examples/app-fermi/tcl

This should bring up a simple Fermi function simulator, built with Rappture and Tcl!

Try another example:

cd ../../graph

This should bring up a simple graphing calculator, built with Rappture and Python!

Last modified 11 years ago Last modified on Sep 21, 2012 5:52:41 AM