[cairo] How to enable cairo in Windows?

Maarten Bosmans mkbosmans at gmail.com
Tue Nov 1 14:48:14 PDT 2011

2011/11/1 Sverre Stausland <johnsen at fas.harvard.edu>:
> On Tue, Nov 1, 2011 at 2:54 AM, Maarten Bosmans <mkbosmans at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Remember that Cairo can be compiled either with or without fontconfig
>> support. So if you don't compile it yourself, make sure the downloaded
>> binaries have been compiled with the backends you need.
> I have no idea what this means. Since I'm an end-user, not a
> developer, I am not compiling anything. The binaries I have downloaded
> from http://www.gtk.org/download/win32.php are the only ones I know
> about, and the only ones mentioned by other cairo users.

Well, Cairo is a library, so it should be used by other programs.
Generally we expect distributions (in case of Linux) or application
authors (e.g. on Windows) to handle packaging of libraries.

>> I made a zipfile for you with Cairo with fontconfig and freetype
>> enabled.
> Great, thanks! What do I do with this, though? :)

I don't know, I just provided what you wanted for your convenience. I
guess you can just drop them in place of the other cairo DLL files you
downloaded. That said, you're probably better off asking help on some
R related list.


> Sverre

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