Compiling F.O.X. under Linux is normally easy (it is developped using Mandriva Linux). The source code for Fox now includes the [ wxWidgets] and [ freeglut] libraries, so dependencies should be minimal. As always, send me an email at if you have any trouble with the installation.


Installing the required graphics libraries

Anchor(lib) Below are specific instructions to install the required graphics libaries for the following distributions :

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General Instructions (if your distribution is not listed below)

To install F.O.X. under Linux:

Mandrake & Mandriva


Mandriva 10.2 (2006)


Anchor(fedora) This is partially a guess since I do not have this distribution, so feel free to correct these

Fedora Core 3 & 4




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SuSE 9.3

Get, compile & install Fox

Anchor(fox) Get the Fox.tar.bz2 from [ SourceForge], [ CCP14(UK)], [ CCP14(Canada)] or [ CCP14(USA)]

Then compile and install Fox (replace VERSION by your version of Fox):

  tar -xjf Fox-VERSION.tar.bz2
  cd Fox-VERSION
  make install (for this last step you must be root).

Fox will be installed in /usr/local/bin/Fox. Otherwise the compiled file is in the src/Fox subdirectory.

Compiling an optimized version of Fox


Compile options

Profile driven optimizations

Fox can be further optimized by making "test runs" which are used to give hints to the compiler on how to best optimize the code. To do this you (i) compile Fox by enabling the "recording" of the optimization, then (ii) you run a few optimizations, then (iii) you recompile using the recorded profile. This requires gcc version 3.2 or above.To do that from the Fox directory, do:

make clean
make Fox profile=2
src/Fox --nogui example/pbso4-joint.xml --randomize -n 50000 -o /dev/null
src/Fox --nogui example/Cimetidine-powder.xml --randomize -n 50000 -o /dev/null
src/Fox --speedtest
make clean
make Fox profile=3
make install

This yields about 10% faster code.

None: FoxInstallLinux (last edited 2006-08-29 14:43:21 by nallo)