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Release Notes
Hey folks,
I just went through the process of building and using the freeimage library
on Solaris 9. Things don't work out of the box so I thought I would share my
experiences in case someone else wants to do the same.
I'm using Solaris 9, and I have installed all the development libraries, make,
and the gcc 3.3.2 found on
You have to use the make from sunfreeware because the Solaris 9 make program
chokes hard on FreeImages makefiles.
First thing I had to do was modify the main FreeImage makefile:
1. go to the $(SHAREDLIB): line and replace the $(CC) line with the following.
(there are 2 corrections)
$(CC) -s -G -Wl,-soname=$(LIBNAME) -o $@ $(MODULES) $(LIBRARIES)
The two changes are -G instead of -shared, and the = sign instead of a comma
after the -soname.
2. change INSTALLDIR = /usr/lib to INSTALLDIR = /usr/local/lib
This is because the sunfreeware tools assume the libs being built will reside
in /usr/local/lib and thus set the default linker search paths to that. Another
solution for this would be to use the -R and -L linker options, but I chose
the easy way :)
That's it! You can now use freeimage.
Also, if you have an autoconf/automake project that links against FreeImage,
you can use the following in your, it works rather well for me:
AC_CHECK_LIB(freeimage-3.5.0, FreeImage_Initialise, [],
[AC_MSG_ERROR([ required and missing. See]) ])
the AC_CHECK_LIB macro will not only find the library, it will automatically
link against it as well so you dont have to add it to your
I hope this helps someone!
ogtharox at
Note: You will need to have root privileges in order to install the library in the /usr/local/lib directory.
The installation process is as simple as this :
1) Enter the FreeImage directory
2) Build the distribution :
make -f Makefile.solaris
make -f Makefile.solaris install
3) Clean all files produced during the build process
make -f Makefile.solaris clean
Release Notes for Solaris/Sparc
Under Solaris/Sparc, you will need to modify the following line :
modified into