Introduction to Harfbuzz

The Harfbuzz package contains an OpenType text shaping engine.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-7.5 platform.

Package Information

Harfbuzz Dependencies



Cairo-1.12.16, gobject-introspection-1.38.0, GTK-Doc-1.19, and Graphite2-1.2.4



Recommended dependencies are not strictly required to build the package. However, you might not get expected results at runtime if you don't install them. Please do not report bugs with this package if you have not installed the recommended dependencies.

User Notes: http://wiki.linuxfromscratch.org/blfs/wiki/harfbuzz

Installation of Harfbuzz

Install Harfbuzz by running the following commands:

./configure --prefix=/usr --with-gobject &&

To test the results, issue: make check.

Now, as the root user:

make install

Command Explanations

--with-gobject: This switch enables building of the Harfbuzz GObject wrapper. Remove it if you did not install GLib.

--with-graphite2: This switch enables Graphite2 support.

--enable-gtk-doc: Use this parameter if GTK-Doc is installed and you wish to rebuild and install the API documentation.


Installed Programs: hb-ot-shape-closure, hb-shape, and hb-view
Installed Libraries: libharfbuzz.so, libharfbuzz-gobject.so and libharfbuzz-icu.so
Installed Directories: /usr/include/harfbuzz and /usr/share/gtk-doc/html/harfbuzz

Short Descriptions


contains functions for complex text shaping.

Last updated on 2014-02-19 12:41:42 -0800