[Mesa-dev] [PATCH] docs: update FAQ

Chad Versace chad.versace at linux.intel.com
Fri Oct 5 14:35:27 PDT 2012

On 10/05/2012 02:14 PM, Andreas Boll wrote:
> Reported-by: Fabio Pedretti <fabio.ped at libero.it>
> ---
>  docs/faq.html |   33 ++++++++++++---------------------
>  1 files changed, 12 insertions(+), 21 deletions(-)
> diff --git a/docs/faq.html b/docs/faq.html
> index dd4e7de..fef2be0 100644
> --- a/docs/faq.html
> +++ b/docs/faq.html
> @@ -16,7 +16,7 @@
>  <center>
>  <h1>Mesa Frequently Asked Questions</h1>
> -Last updated: 20 September 2012
> +Last updated: 5 October 2012
>  </center>
>  <br>
> @@ -236,15 +236,8 @@ Basically you'll want the following:
>  Mesa version number.
>  </li></ul>
>  <p>
> -After installing X.org and the DRI drivers, some of these files
> -may be symlinks into the /usr/X11R6/ tree.
> -</p>
> -<p>
> -The old-style Makefile system doesn't install the Mesa libraries; it's
> -up to you to copy them (and the headers) to the right place.
> -</p>
> -<p>
> -The GLUT header and library should go in the same directories.
> +Compiling with <code>configure --prefix="/usr"</code> and installing Mesa
> +with <code>make install</code> should be enough.

Not exactly. Two autoconf options that vary widely among distros is --libdir and
--with-dri-driverdir. Also, the install needs to be done as root if installing
/usr. I would instead say something like this:

When configuring Mesa, there are three autoconf options that affect the install
location that you should take care with: <code>--prefix</code>,
<code>--libdir</code>, and <code>--with-dri-driverdir</code>. To install Mesa
into the sytem location where it will be available for all programs to use, set
<code>--prefix=/usr</code>. Set <code>--libdir</code> to where you Linux
distribution installs system libraries, usually either <code>/usr/lib</code> or
<code>/usr/lib64</code>. Set <code>--with-dri-driverdir</code> to the directory
where your Linux distribution installs DRI drivers. To find your system's DRI
driver directory, try executing <code>find /usr -type d -name dri</code>. For
example, if the <code>find</code> command listed <code>/usr/lib64/dri</code>,
the set <code>--with-dri-driverdir=/usr/lib64/dri</code>.

After determining the correct values for the install location, configure Mesa
with <code>./configure --prefix=/usr --libdir=xxx
--with-dri-driverdir=xxx</code> and then install with <code>sudo make

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