Graphics and Font Libraries

Depending on what your system will be used for, you may or may not require the graphics and font libraries. Most desktop machines will want them for use with graphical applications. Most servers on the other hand, will not require them.


Introduction to libjpeg

The libjpeg package contains libraries that allow compression of image files based on the Joint Photographic Experts Group standard. It is a "lossy" compression algorithm.

Package Information

User Notes:

Installation of libjpeg

Install libjpeg by running the following commands:

./configure --prefix=/usr --enable-static --enable-shared &&

To test the results, issue: make test.

Now, as the root user:

make install

Command Explanations

--enable-static --enable-shared: These switches tell libjpeg to build both shared and static libraries.

Configuring libjpeg

Configuration Information

As with most libraries, there is no configuration to do, save that the library directory, i.e., /opt/lib or /usr/local/lib should appear in /etc/ so that ldd can find the shared libraries. After checking that this is the case, /sbin/ldconfig should be run while logged in as root.


Installed Programs: cjpeg, djpeg, jpegtran, rdjpgcom, and wrjpgcom
Installed Library: libjpeg.{so,a}
Installed Directories: None

Short Descriptions


compresses image files to produce a JPEG/JFIF file on the standard output. Currently supported input file formats are: PPM (PBMPLUS color format), PGM (PBMPLUS gray-scale format), BMP, and Targa.


decompresses image files from JPEG/JFIF format to either PPM (PBMPLUS color format), PGM (PBMPLUS gray-scale format), BMP, or Targa format.


is used for lossless transformation of JPEG files.


displays text comments from within a JPEG file.


inserts text comments into a JPEG file.


library is used by many programs for reading and writing JPEG format files.

Last updated on 2006-06-25 15:29:37 -0500