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Installation Instructions for GNU pspp

These instructions are based on the generic GNU installation instructions, but they have been tailored for PSPP.

Before You Install

Before you install PSPP, you will need to install certain prerequisite packages. You may also want to install other packages that enable additional functionality in PSPP.

If you do not know whether you have these installed already, you may proceed to "Basic Installation", below. The PSPP configuration process will notify you about required and optional packages that are not present on your system.

The following packages are required to install PSPP:

   * An ANSI C compiler and tool chain.  On Unix-like systems, we
     recommend GCC, but any modern compilation environment should
     work.  On Microsoft Windows, Cygwin ( and
     MinGW ( are known to work.
   * The GNU Scientific Library (,
     version 1.6 or later, including libgslcblas included with GSL.
   * Perl (, version 5.005_03 or later.  Perl is
     required during build but not after installation.
   * iconv, which should be installed as part of a Unix-like system.
     If you don't have a version already, you can install GNU
     libiconv (

The following package is required to enable PSPP's graphing features. If you cannot arrange to install it, you must run `configure' with --without-libplot.

   * libplot, from GNU plotutils

The following packages are required to enable PSPPIRE, the graphical user interface for PSPP. If you cannot install them or do not wish to use the GUI, you must run `configure' with --without-gui.

   * pkg-config (  Versions
     0.18 and 0.19 have a bug that will prevent library detection,
     but other versions should be fine.
   * GTK+ (, version 2.12.0 or later.
   * libglade (, version
     2.6 or later.

Installing the following packages will allow your PSPP binary to read Gnumeric files.

   * pkg-config (  Versions
     0.18 and 0.19 have a bug that will prevent library detection,
     but other versions should be fine.
     To cross-compile PSPP, you will likely need to set the
     PKG_CONFIG_LIBDIR environment variable to point to an
     appropriate pkg-config for the cross-compilation environment.
   * zlib (
   * libxml2 (  

The following packages are optional.

   * libncurses (  Without it,
     PSPP will assume it is running in an 80x25 terminal.
   * libreadline and libhistory
     (  Without
     them, interactive command editing and history features in the
     text-based user interface will be disabled.
   * Texinfo (, version 4.7 or
     later.  Installing Texinfo will allow you to build PSPP
     documentation in PostScript or PDF format.
   * libpq, from Postgresql ( This enables PSPP 
     to read Postgresql databases.

Basic Installation


These are installation instructions specific to PSPP (including PSPPIRE, the graphic user interface). These instructions contain the information most commonly needed by people wishing to build the program from source. More detailed information can be found in the generic autoconf manual which is available at

  The `configure' shell script attempts to guess correct values for

various system-dependent variables used during compilation.

  If you need to do unusual things to compile the package, please

report the problem to We will try to figure out how `configure' could work better in your situation for the next release.

  The simplest way to compile PSPP is:
 1. `cd' to the directory containing the package's source code and type
    `./configure' to configure the package for your system.
    You may invoke `configure' with --help to see what options are
    available.  The most common of these are listed under "Optional
    Features", below.
    If you installed some of the libraries that PSPP uses in a
    non-standard location (on many systems, anywhere other than
    /usr), you may need to provide some special flags to `configure'
    to tell it where to find them.  For example, on GNU/Linux, if you
    installed some libraries in /usr/local, then you need to invoke
    it with at least the following options:

./configure LDFLAGS='-L/usr/local/lib -Wl,-rpath,/usr/local/lib' CPPFLAGS='-I/usr/local/include'

    Running `configure' takes awhile.  While running, it prints some
    messages telling which features it is checking for.
    If `configure' completes successfully, it prints the message
    "PSPP configured successfully." at the end of its run.
    Otherwise, it may stop with a list of packages that you must
    install before PSPP.  If it does, you need to install those
    packages, then re-run this step.  Some prerequisites may be
    omitted by passing a --without-<feature> flag to `configure' (see
    "Optional Features", below).  If you use one of these flags, then
    the feature that it disables will not be available in your PSPP
    `configure' may also print a list of packages that you should
    consider installing.  If you install them, then re-run
    `configure', additional features will be available in your PSPP
 2. Type `make' to compile the package.
 3. Optionally, type `make check' to run the self-tests that come
    with the package.  If any of the self-tests fail, please mail with the details, to give the PSPP
    developers an opportunity to fix the problem in the next release.
 4. Type `make install' to install the programs and any data files
    and documentation.  Ordinarily you will need root permissions to
    do this; if you cannot get root permissions, see "Installation
    Names", below.
 5. You can remove the program binaries and object files from the
    source code directory by typing `make clean'.  To also remove the
    files that `configure' created (so you can compile the package for
    a different kind of computer), type `make distclean'.

Compilers and Options


Some systems may require unusual options for compilation or linking that the `configure' script does not know about. Run `./configure --help' for details on some of the pertinent environment variables.

  You can give `configure' initial values for configuration parameters

by setting variables in the command line or in the environment. Here is an example:

    ./configure CC=c89 CFLAGS=-O2 LIBS=-lposix
  See "Defining Variables", below, for more details.

Installation Names


By default, `make install' installs PSPP's commands under `/usr/local/bin', data files under `/usr/local/share', etc. You can specify an installation prefix other than `/usr/local' by giving `configure' the option `--prefix=PREFIX'.

  You may wish to install PSPP on a machine where you do not have

root permissions. To do so, specify a prefix relative within your home directory, e.g. `--prefix=$HOME' or `--prefix=$HOME/inst'. All PSPP files will be installed under the prefix directory, which `make install' will create if necessary. You may run PSPP directly from the `bin' directory under the prefix directory as, e.g., `~/inst/bin/pspp' under most shells, or for added convenience you can add the installation directory to your PATH by editing a shell startup file such as `.bashrc'.

  You can specify separate installation prefixes for

architecture-specific files and architecture-independent files. If you pass the option `--exec-prefix=PREFIX' to `configure', the package uses PREFIX as the prefix for installing programs and libraries. Documentation and other data files still use the regular prefix.

  In addition, if you use an unusual directory layout you can give

options like `--bindir=DIR' to specify different values for particular kinds of files. Run `configure --help' for a list of the directories you can set and what kinds of files go in them.

  You can cause programs to be installed with an extra prefix or

suffix on their names by giving `configure' the option `--program-prefix=PREFIX' or `--program-suffix=SUFFIX'.

Optional Features



   Don't compile in support for charts (using libplot).  This is
   useful if your system doesn't have the libplot library.


   Don't build the PSPPIRE gui.  Use this option if you only want to
   build the command line version of PSPP.


   Build the gui developer tools.  There is no reason to use this
   option unless you're involved with the development of PSPP


   Optional libraries should normally be detected and the relevant
   functionality will be built they exist.  However, on some poorly
   configured systems a library may exist, but be totally broken.
   In these cases you can use --without-lib{xx} to force configure
   to disregard it.


  If you use this option, some of the checks for dependent libraries
  will be relaxed, permitting configure to succeed when older versions
  of libraries are detected.   Use of this option is not recommended.
  If you use it, some features may be missing and the build may fail
  with obscure error messages.

Defining Variables


Variables not defined in a site shell script can be set in the environment passed to `configure'. However, some packages may run configure again during the build, and the customized values of these variables may be lost. In order to avoid this problem, you should set them in the `configure' command line, using `VAR=value'. For example:

    ./configure CC=/usr/local2/bin/gcc

causes the specified `gcc' to be used as the C compiler (unless it is overridden in the site shell script). Here is another example:

    /bin/bash ./configure CONFIG_SHELL=/bin/bash

Here the `CONFIG_SHELL=/bin/bash' operand causes subsequent configuration-related scripts to be executed by `/bin/bash'.

Generic `configure' Options


`configure' also recognizes the following options to control how it operates.

`--help' `-h'

    Print a summary of the options to `configure', and exit.

`--version' `-V'

    Print the version of Autoconf used to generate the `configure'
    script, and exit.


    Enable the cache: use and save the results of the tests in FILE,
    traditionally `config.cache'.  FILE defaults to `/dev/null' to
    disable caching.

`--config-cache' `-C'

    Alias for `--cache-file=config.cache'.

`--quiet' `--silent' `-q'

    Do not print messages saying which checks are being made.  To
    suppress all normal output, redirect it to `/dev/null' (any error
    messages will still be shown).


    Look for the package's source code in directory DIR.  Usually
    `configure' can determine that directory automatically.

`configure' also accepts some other, not widely useful, options. Run `configure --help' for more details.

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