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-9.0 platform.

Package Information


ghostscript-9.27 and texlive-20190410



fftw-3.3.8, Gsl-2.6, libsigsegv-2.12, and dvisvgm

Optional (at runtime, to use xasy)

PyQt5 (not tested), which has a build dependency of Qt-5.13.0

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/') &&

./configure --prefix=/opt/texlive/2019                          \
            --bindir=/opt/texlive/2019/bin/$TEXARCH             \
            --datarootdir=/opt/texlive/2019/texmf-dist          \
            --infodir=/opt/texlive/2019/texmf-dist/doc/info     \
            --libdir=/opt/texlive/2019/texmf-dist               \
            --mandir=/opt/texlive/2019/texmf-dist/doc/man       \
            --enable-gc=system                                  \
            --with-latex=/opt/texlive/2019/texmf-dist/tex/latex \
            --with-context=/opt/texlive/2019/texmf-dist/tex/context/third &&


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/2019/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/2019texmf-dist/asymptote, /opt/texlive/2019/doc/asymptote, /opt/texlive/2019/info/asymptote

Short Descriptions


is a vector graphics program.


is a Python3 script providing a Qt5 GUI for asy.

Last updated on 2019-08-23 17:57:01 -0700