[Libreoffice] autogen.sh fails to build Libre Office

Simos Xenitellis simos.lists at googlemail.com
Sun Jun 19 05:13:16 PDT 2011

On Sun, Jun 19, 2011 at 3:04 PM, Ibrahim Beicker <ibrabeicker at gmail.com> wrote:
> This is a very noobish ask for help but when I tried to build
> LibreOffice, the script autogen fails to detect 'fontconfig'
> here's the output
> checking for FONTCONFIG... no
> configure: error: Package requirements (fontconfig >= 2.2.0) were not met:
> No package 'fontconfig' found
> Consider adjusting the PKG_CONFIG_PATH environment variable if you
> installed software in a non-standard prefix.
> Alternatively, you may set the environment variables FONTCONFIG_CFLAGS
> and FONTCONFIG_LIBS to avoid the need to call pkg-config.
> See the pkg-config man page for more details.
> I have the fontconfig 2.8.0, on Ubuntu 11.04 32 bits, I've followed
> the steps on http://www.documentfoundation.org/develop/ and I searched
> google but all I could find was bug reports having the same problem
> but with other builds.
> Is there any workaround for this?

See http://lists.freedesktop.org/archives/libreoffice/2011-April/010054.html

Since you use a recent mainstream distribution, you can take advantage
of the packaging
facilities to select and install all necessary development dependencies.

This single command,

   sudo apt-get build-dep libreoffice

will install the necessary dependencies (including the fontconfig
development package) in one go.

Indeed, the wiki page at
should get a reference to the additional information that can be found at


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