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 * Graphics development package : `libgl1-mesa-dev, libglu1-mesa-dev, libgtk1.2-dev`  * Graphics development package : `libgl1-mesa-dev, libglu1-mesa-dev, libgtk2.0-dev`

Installing Fox on Linux

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


  • [#lib Install the required graphical libraries]

  • [#fox Get, compile & install Fox]

  • [#optimize Compile an optimized version of Fox]

Installing the required graphics libraries

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

  • [#mdk Mandriva]BR

  • [#fedora Fedora]BR

  • [#ubuntu Ubuntu]BR

  • [#suse Suse]BR

Please add or correct the instructions for your distribution...

If your distribution is not listed, just follow the [#general general building instructions]. Anchor(general)

General Instructions (if your distribution is not listed below)

To install F.O.X. under Linux:

  • You will need valid libraries and development files for OpenGL. You may require a specific library for your card (NVidia,...), the Xfree-devel or libxorg-devel, and the gtk-devel (or gtk+-devel or gtk2-devel...) packages. For all major distributions, these packages are included either in the default install or as an additionnal package.

Mandrake & Mandriva


Mandriva 10.2 (2006)
  • The required packages (just urpmi followed by tha package names - you need the main and contrib rpm repositories) are :

    • Development packages: gcc gcc-c++ gcc-cpp gfortran

    • Graphics development packages : libxorg-x11-devel, libgtk+1.2-devel, libMesaglut3-devel 


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

Fedora Core 3 & 4
  • Development packages: gcc gcc-c++ gcc-g77

  • Graphics development package : xorg-x11-devel, gtk+-devel



(Ubuntu 7.10)

  • Development packages: gcc g++ gcc-g77

  • Graphics development package : libgl1-mesa-dev, libglu1-mesa-dev, libgtk2.0-dev


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

SuSE 9.3
  • Development packages: gcc gcc-c++ gcc-g77

  • Graphics development package : xorg-x11-devel, gtk-devel (or gtk2-devel)

Get, compile & install Fox

Anchor(fox) Get the Fox.tar.bz2 from [http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=27546&release_id=203604 SourceForge], [ftp://ftp.ccp14.ac.uk/ccp14/ftp-mirror/objcryst/ CCP14(UK)], [http://ccp14.sims.nrc.ca/ccp/ccp14/ftp-mirror/objcryst/ CCP14(Canada)] or [http://ccp14.semo.edu/ccp/ccp14/ftp-mirror/objcryst/ CCP14(USA)]

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

  tar -xjf Fox-VERSION.tar.bz2
  cd Fox-VERSION
  cd Fox
  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.

  • Note: if during the early stages of the compilation (when freeglut is compiled), you get an error message about libGL.la, this can mean that libGL.la is not in the same directory as other x11 libraries. On my computer, where libGL.la is provided by the nVidia installer, I needed to do "ln -s /usr/lib/libGL.la /usr/X11R6/lib/".

Compiling an optimized version of Fox


Compile options

  • The first set of optimizations can be activated by using processor-specific optimizations. If you edit the Fox/ObjCryst/rules.mak file, and search for the part where the CPPFLAGS are defined:

    CPPFLAGS = -O3 -w -ffast-math -fstrict-aliasing -pipe -fomit-frame-pointer -funroll-loops

    Auto-vectorization: starting with gcc 4.0.0, it is possible to automatically vectorize some loops: append -ftree-vectorize to the CPPFLAGS options to do that (see the examples commented out in the rules.mak file).

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 subdirectory, 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: Install/Linux (last edited 2011-06-19 14:29:43 by VincentFavreNicolin)