[cairo] Building Cairo 1.4.10 on OS X

Dethe Elza delza at livingcode.org
Mon Jul 9 15:32:40 PDT 2007

On 9-Jul-07, at 7:58 AM, Mox Soini wrote:
> Are you sure you need "--enable-glitz"?
> Cairo on Mac OS X works well with just --enable-quartz +  --enable- 
> atsui.
> Including glitz brings with it all kinds of dependencies like
> Fontconfig library (that was your error about), which are more
> important for those who dwell in the Linux/X11 land...

On 9-Jul-07, at 7:36 AM, Jeff Bezanson wrote:
> You might try getting the latest fontconfig from Fink, then setting
> FONTCONFIG_LIBS and FONTCONFIG_CFLAGS environment variables to  
> point to
> its libraries before running configure. I had a similar problem on  
> OS X
> and this fixed it.

Thank you both for your helpful responses.  Here's what I've done and  
how far I've gotten with it.

I downloaded and built pixman to get a more recent version.

I installed more recent versions of libpng and libjpeg.

I changed my configure line to:

./configure --enable-quartz --enable-atsui --disable-xlib --disable- 

That seemed to do it, I was able to build cairo and pycairo.  But  
when I tried to use pycairo I got this error:

 >>> import cairo
Traceback (most recent call last):
   File "<stdin>", line 1, in <module>
   File "/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/2.5/lib/ 
python2.5/site-packages/cairo/__init__.py", line 1, in <module>
     from _cairo import *
ImportError: dlopen(/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/2.5/ 
lib/python2.5/site-packages/cairo/_cairo.so, 2): Symbol not found:  
   Referenced from: /Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/2.5/ 
   Expected in: flat namespace

Since I don't know right off the bat whether the flat-namespace  
problem comes from cairo or from the python wrapper, I ran "make  
test" in the cairo directory.

85 of 118 tests failed

I can provide further details of which tests failed (or for a shorter  
list, which ones passed).  But it doesn't look like I have a happy  

I think I'm going to try to get my build of Python to use the  
Macports version of cairo and see if I can make progress that way.


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