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-8.0 platform.

Package Information


Freeglut-3.0.0, ghostscript-9.20, texlive-20160523b



FFTW, Gsl-2.3

Optional (at runtime, to use xasy)

Imaging which needs Imaging-1.1.7-freetype_fix-1.patch and has a build dependency of Python-2.7.13 (re-) compiled against Tk-8.6.6 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/') &&
export CFLAGS="-g -O2" &&
./configure --prefix=/opt/texlive/2016 \
 --bindir=/opt/texlive/2016/bin/$TEXARCH \
 --datarootdir=/opt/texlive/2016/texmf-dist \
 --infodir=/opt/texlive/2016/texmf-dist/doc/info \
 --libdir=/opt/texlive/2016/texmf-dist \
 --mandir=/opt/texlive/2016/texmf-dist/doc/man \
 --enable-gc=system \
 --with-latex=/opt/texlive/2016/texmf-dist/tex/latex \
 --with-context=/opt/texlive/2016/texmf-dist/tex/context/third &&
unset CFLAGS &&

To test the results, issue: make check.

Now, as the root user:

make install

Command Explanations

export CFLAGS="-g -O2": by default CXXFLAGS of -g -O2 and CFLAGS of -g -O3 are used, but the CFLAGS follow the CXXFLAGS and therefore override them. With gcc-6.3.0, using -O3 here breaks the build. If you normally remove '-g' in your own CFLAGS and CXXFLAGS you can do that here.

--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..

Exceptionally, asymptote will create an asymptote/ subdirectory for even though the file will be in the main texlive info/ directory. Both files will be found by info.

--libdir=/opt/texlive/2016/texmf-dist;: This parameter ensures that the asymptote directory will similarly overwrite any files installed by install-tl-unx.

--enable-gc=system: this ensures that the system version of will be used instead of the version shipped with this package.

--with-latex= ... --with-context=: These switches ensure that style files and a tex file will be installed into the texlive directories instead of creating a texmf-local directory for them.


Installed Programs: asy, xasy
Installed Libraries: None
Installed Directory: /opt/texlive/2016texmf-dist/asymptote, /opt/texlive/2016/doc/asymptote, /opt/texlive/2016/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 2017-02-16 20:33:09 -0800