Introduction to asymptote

Asymptote is a powerful descriptive vector graphics language that provides a natural coordinate-based framework for technical drawing. Labels and equations can be typeset with LaTeX.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-7.7 platform.

Package Information

Additional Downloads

Asymptote Dependencies


ghostscript-9.15, texlive-20140525



FFTW, Gsl-1.16

Optional (at runtime, to use xasy)

Imaging which needs Imaging-1.1.7-freetype_fix-1.patch and has a build dependency of Python-2.7.9 (re-) compiled against Tk-8.6.3 to provide

User Notes:

Installation of asymptote

Install asymptote by running the following commands:

export TEXARCH=$(uname -m | sed -e 's/i.86/i386/' -e 's/$/-linux/') &&
patch -Np1 -i ../asymptote-2.32-ghostscript_fix-1.patch &&
./configure --prefix=/opt/texlive/2014 \
 --bindir=/opt/texlive/2014/bin/$TEXARCH \
 --datarootdir=/opt/texlive/2014 \
 --libdir=/opt/texlive/2014/texmf-dist \
 --mandir=/opt/texlive/2014/texmf-dist/doc/man &&

To test the results, issue: make check.

Now, as the root user:

make install

Command Explanations

--prefix=, --bindir=, --datarootdir=, --infodir=, --mandir= ... : these switches ensure that the files installed from source will overwrite any corresponding files previously installed by install-tl-unx so that the alternative methods of installing texlive are consistent..

--libdir=/opt/texlive/2014/texmf-dist;: This parameter ensures that the asymptote directory will similarly overwrite any files installed by install-tl-unx.


Installed Programs: asy, xasy
Installed Libraries: None
Installed Directory: /opt/texlive/2014/asymptote, /opt/texlive/2014/doc/asymptote, /opt/texlive/2014/info/asymptote

Short Descriptions


is a vector graphics program.


is a Python script providing the preliminary GUI for asy. It can be used for final adjustments of an existing asy file.

Last updated on 2015-02-27 16:25:31 -0800