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Installing ImageMagick & Ghostscript on Ubuntu
  1. You have Ghostscript installed, right? Otherwise sudo apt-get install ghostscript
  2. This is important and installs the headers (iapi.h etc) which are required but don't come with the default Ghostscript package: sudo apt-get install libgs-dev
  3. I also needed sudo apt-get install gs-esp
  4. For me the pre compiled version of ImageMagick never accepted Ghostscript, so let's remove it: sudo apt-get --purge remove imagemagick
  5. Get the source of ImageMagick, untar it, cd ImageMagick-xx
  6. ./configure --with-gslib=yes [and what else you need]
  7. Confirm in the output near the bottom gslib yes yes and not gslib yes no
  8. make
  9. make install
  10. Run convert -list configure | grep DELEGATES => DELEGATES bzlib djvu freetype gs jpeg jng jp2 lcms png tiff x11 xml zlib
  11. See the gs in there? You got it!

Hi, good work, but where is the step 7? I don't confirm nothing...
I launch "./configure --with-gslib=yes" and to end I read "gslib yes no", where "yes" is on option column and "no" is on value column... How Do I set this value to yes?


ps whole response ./configure:

ImageMagick is configured as follows. Please verify that this configuration
matches your expectations.

Host system type: x86_64-unknown-linux-gnu
Build system type: x86_64-unknown-linux-gnu

              Option                        Value

Shared libraries --enable-shared=yes yes
Static libraries --enable-static=yes yes
Module support --with-modules=no no
GNU ld --with-gnu-ld=yes yes
Quantum depth --with-quantum-depth=16 16
High Dynamic Range Imagery
--enable-hdri=no no

Delegate Configuration:
BZLIB --with-bzlib=yes yes
Autotrace --with-autotrace=no no
Dejavu fonts --with-dejavu-font-dir=default none
DJVU --with-djvu=yes no
DPS --with-dps=yes no
FFTW --with-fftw=yes no
FlashPIX --with-fpx=yes no
FontConfig --with-fontconfig=yes no
FreeType --with-freetype=yes yes
GhostPCL None pcl6 (unknown)
GhostXPS None gxps (unknown)
Ghostscript None gs (8.70)
Ghostscript fonts --with-gs-font-dir=default /usr/share/fonts/default/Type1/
Ghostscript lib --with-gslib=yes no
Graphviz --with-gvc=no
JBIG --with-jbig=yes no
JPEG v1 --with-jpeg=yes yes
JPEG-2000 --with-jp2=
LCMS v1 --with-lcms=yes no
LCMS v2 --with-lcms2=yes no
LQR --with-lqr=yes no
LTDL --with-ltdl=yes no
LZMA --with-lzma=yes no
Magick++ --with-magick-plus-plus=yes yes
MUPDF --with-mupdf=no no
OpenEXR --with-openexr=yes no
OpenJP2 --with-openjp2=yes no
PANGO --with-pango=yes no
PERL --with-perl=no no
PNG --with-png=yes yes
RSVG --with-rsvg=no no
TIFF --with-tiff=yes no
WEBP --with-webp=yes no
Windows fonts --with-windows-font-dir= none
WMF --with-wmf=no no
X11 --with-x= yes
XML --with-xml=yes yes
ZLIB --with-zlib=yes yes

X11 Configuration:

Options used to compile and link:
PREFIX = /usr/local
EXEC-PREFIX = /usr/local
VERSION = 6.8.8
CC = gcc -std=gnu99 -std=gnu99
CFLAGS = -I/usr/include/freetype2 -fopenmp -g -O2 -Wall -fexceptions -pthread -DMAGICKCORE_HDRI_ENABLE=0 -DMAGICKCORE_QUANTUM_DEPTH=16
CPPFLAGS = -I/usr/local/include/ImageMagick-6
MAGICK_LDFLAGS = -L/usr/local/lib
LIBS = -lfreetype -ljpeg -lpng12 -lX11 -lbz2 -lxml2 -lz -lm -lgomp
CXX = g++
CXXFLAGS = -g -O2 -pthread
DELEGATES = bzlib mpeg freetype jng jpeg png ps x xml zlib

rbatta commented Mar 22, 2016

Thanks for this gist! It's a bit outdated, but here's what I got to work for me on Docker for a Rails app.

  • gs-esp no longer exists
  • If installing via a Dockerfile, the order matters (see below)
  • it plays nice with imagemagick so no longer need to run make or make install 😄
FROM ruby:2.3.0

RUN apt-get update -qq && apt-get install -y \
  ghostscript \
  libgs-dev \
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