[HarfBuzz] Can't install harfbuzz (web server)

Behdad Esfahbod behdad at behdad.org
Wed May 16 08:24:23 PDT 2012

On 05/16/2012 11:14 AM, Rolf Langenhuijzen wrote:
> Hello,
> I'm trying to get Harfbuzz (from git
> http://cgit.freedesktop.org/harfbuzz/) running along with cairo, freetype
> and glib on a web server (php).
> My hosting partner created a fresh vps setup and cairo, freetype etc. are
> all installed, but they have problems installing the complete Harfbuzz
> with the hb-view utils. It seems there are compile errors.
> They wondered if it can not be installed on Centos 5? (see error list
> below this message!)

Just compile locally on your machine, then do a "make dist", take the tarball
and compile it on the server.  That obviates the need for bootstrapping tools
(autoconf, etc).

> :( I've been trying to get this up for ages and fail all the time.
> So a second question: does anyone know a hosting company and someone to
> configure it properly? I need (want) to use the hb-view tool to output
> images through a web interface.

My brother has helped numerous people setup exactly that.  Feel free to send
me a message offlist and I'll introduce you to him.


> Thank you in advance,
> Rolf
> -----------
> The error my current host gets:
> [root at srv harfbuzz]# ./autogen.sh
> checking for ragel... /usr/local/bin/ragel
> checking for pkg-config... /usr/bin/pkg-config
> checking for autoreconf... /usr/bin/autoreconf
> running autoreconf --force --install --verbose
> autoreconf: Entering directory `.\'
> autoreconf: configure.ac: not using Gettext
> autoreconf: running: aclocal --force
> autoreconf: configure.ac: tracing
> autoreconf: configure.ac: not using Libtool
> autoreconf: running: /usr/bin/autoconf --force
> configure.ac:32: error: possibly undefined macro: AC_SUBST
>       If this token and others are legitimate, please use m4_pattern_allow.
>       See the Autoconf documentation.
> configure.ac:56: error: possibly undefined macro: AC_CHECK_HEADERS
> configure.ac:117: error: possibly undefined macro: AC_MSG_CHECKING
> configure.ac:120: error: possibly undefined macro: AC_TRY_LINK
> configure.ac:122: error: possibly undefined macro: AC_MSG_RESULT
> autoreconf: /usr/bin/autoconf failed with exit status: 1
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