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-8.1 platform.

Package Information

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Inkscape Dependencies


Boost-1.64.0, GC-7.6.0, Gsl-2.4, Gtkmm-2.24.5 (or Gtkmm-3.22.1 and gnome docking library for the experimental gtk+-3 build), libxslt-1.1.29, Poppler-0.57.0, popt-1.16 and Wget-1.19.1 (to download the test dependencies)



Aspell-, dbus-1.10.22 (to run inkscape from scripts), Doxygen-1.8.13, libcdr, libvisio, libwpg (or libwpd) and NumPy (at runtime for some extensions)

Optional Runtime Dependencies (for some of the Inkscape extensions)


User Notes:

Installation of Inkscape

Ensure that the libraries from ImageMagick-6.9.9-9 libraries can be used:

patch -Np1 -i ../inkscape-0.92.2-use_versioned_ImageMagick6-1.patch

Fix a build issue with GCC-7.1:

sed -i 's| abs(| std::fabs(|g' src/ui/tools/flood-tool.cpp

If you wish to run the testsuite, download the required versions of googletest and googlemock by running:


Install Inkscape by running the following commands:

mkdir build &&
cd build    &&

      -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Release  \
      ..                          &&


This package does not come with a test suite.

Now, as the root user:

make install                      &&
rm -v /usr/lib/inkscape/lib*_LIB.a


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+-2.24.31 or GTK+-3.22.18 installed (for the icon cache) and desktop-file-utils-0.23 (for the desktop cache) and issue the following commands as the root user:

gtk-update-icon-cache &&

Command Explanations

-DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Release: This switch is used to build the release library without any debug `assert` in the code.

rm -v /usr/lib/inkscape/lib*_LIB.a: The conversion of the package to use cmake has led to these libraries getting installed, but they are not usable (there are no header files to let a program know what they contain). So remove them.

-DWITH_DBUS=ON: use this if you wish to use inkscape in interactive scripts which manipulate images.


Installed Programs: inkscape and inkview
Installed Library:
Installed Directories: /usr/lib/inkscape and /usr/share/inkscape

Short Descriptions


an SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) editing program.


is a simple program for displaying SVG files.

provides the routines used by inkscape and inkview.

Last updated on 2017-08-26 11:15:05 -0700