Introduction to Inkscape

Inkscape is a what you see is what you get Scalable Vector Graphics editor. It is useful for creating, viewing and changing SVG images.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-7.8 platform.

Package Information

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Inkscape Dependencies


Boost-1.59.0, GC-7.4.2, Gsl-2.1, Gtkmm-2.24.4 (or Gtkmm-3.18.0 and gnome docking library for the experimental gtk+-3 build), libxslt-1.1.28 and popt-1.16



Aspell-, D-Bus-1.10.4, Doxygen-1.8.10, ImageMagick-6.9.2-0, Poppler-0.38.0, libcdr, libvisio, libcdr, libvisio, libwpg, NumPy (for the testsuite and at runtime for some extensions) and python-lxml (for the testsuite, and at runtime for some of the extensions)

Optional Runtime Dependencies (for some of the Inkscape extensions)


User Notes:

Installation of Inkscape

Install Inkscape by running the following commands:

patch -Np1 -i ../inkscape-0.91-testfiles-1.patch &&

CXXFLAGS="-g -O2 -std=c++11" ./configure --prefix=/usr &&

To test the results, issue: make check.

Now, as the root user:

make install


This package installs icon files into the /usr/share/icons/hicolor hierarchy and desktop files into the /usr/share/applications hierarchy. You can improve system performance and memory usage by updating /usr/share/icons/hicolor/index.theme and /usr/share/applications/mimeinfo.cache. To perform the update you must have GTK+-2.24.28 or GTK+-3.18.5 installed (for the icon cache) and desktop-file-utils-0.22 (for the desktop cache) and issue the following commands as the root user:

gtk-update-icon-cache &&

Command Explanations

CXXFLAGS="-g -O2 -std=c++11" ./configure...: Inkscape has not yet been ported to the 2011 ISO C++ standard, one of its dependencies is compiled with this standard. -std=c++11 has to be used as an option to g++. We pass it into CXXFLAGS together with the default options.

sed -ri ... configure: This sed fixes building problems starting with gc-7.4.2.


Installed Programs: inkscape and inkview
Installed Libraries: None
Installed Directory: /usr/share/inkscape

Short Descriptions


an SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) editing program.


is a simple program for displaying SVG files.

Last updated on 2015-10-08 14:09:42 -0500