For the impatient¶
# Install pre-requisite packages with your OS's package manager sudo apt-get install -y build-essential git libcairo2-dev libpango1.0-dev # Download, compile, and install the GenomeTools package curl -O http://genometools.org/pub/genometools-1.5.8.tar.gz tar xzf genometools-1.5.8.tar.gz cd genometools-1.5.8 make sudo make install cd .. # Make sure that the compiler/linker can find the GenomeTools library sudo sh -c 'echo "/usr/local/lib" > /etc/ld.so.conf.d/genometools-x86_64.conf' sudo ldconfig # Download, compile, and install the AEGeAn Toolkit curl https://github.com/standage/AEGeAn/archive/v0.15.0.tar.gz > AEGeAn-0.15.1.tar.gz tar xzf AEGeAn-0.15.1.tar.gz cd AEGeAn-0.15.1 make test sudo make install sudo ldconfig # Update linker config again
In principle, AEGeAn should compile and run on any POSIX-compliant UNIX system (Linux, Mac OS X, Cygwin), although in practice, it has only been tested on Linux and Mac systems. Native Windows support is not anticipated any time soon.
We have made an effort to minimize dependency on external software. Aside from the GenomeTools library (which is included in the AEGeAn source code distribution), compiling and installing AEGeAn requires only GNU make and a C compiler.
While not a strict requirement, fully leveraging the graphics capabilities provided by AEGeAn (through GenomeTools) requires that the system also have an installation of the Cairo graphics library (see “Appendix: system setup” for platform-specific installation instructions).
Official stable releases of the AEGeAn Toolkit can be downloaded from the Releases tab on the AEGeAn GitHub page. Alternatively, you can always download the latest and greatest version of AEGeAn (most recently updates, though not guaranteed to be stable) by cloning the Git repository.
git clone https://github.com/standage/AEGeAn.git
Note: AEGeAn uses Semantic Versioning for labeling stable releases.
Compiling and installing¶
The instructions under the section labeled “For the impatient” are a good
starting point for most users. Chances are many users will be able to
successfully install by running those commands verbatim. The first few commands
are specific to Debian-based Linux operating systems such as Ubuntu.
If you are using a different operating system, please see “Appendix:
system setup” for platform-specific instructions. After running those
commands, complete the installation by running
See the section labeled Compilation flags for a complete description of configurable settings for compilation and installation.
Compilation settings can be configured using the following flags with the
64bit=no: do not compile for a 64-bit architecture
cairo=no: compile without graphics support (if your system does not have the Cairo graphics libraries installed)
prefix=$DIR: install AEGeAn in
$DIRrather than the default directory
/usr/local; it is expected that GenomeTools is installed with the same prefix
optimize=yes: enable performance optimization for the AEGeAn code
errorcheck=no: allow code to compile even if there are warnings
debug=no: disable debugging support
clean: remove all compiler-generated files
For example, if you want to compile the code with performance optimizations
enabled and graphics support disabled, run
make optimize=yes cairo=no
instead of just
Compiling without administrative privileges¶
The default installation location is
/usr/local/, which means:
- programs are installed in
- header files are installed in
- libraries are installed in
- auxiliary data files are installed in
If you do not have administrative privileges on your machine, then you will not
be able to run
make install without specifying an alternative installation
prefix. Creating an installation directory within your home
directory, as shown in the following example, is recommended.
mkdir ~/local make prefix=~/local make prefix=~/local install
This will install the programs in
~/local/bin, the libraries in
~/local/lib, etc. You will probably want to add
~/local/bin to your
PATH environmental variable and
~/local/lib to your
environmental variable (or
DYLD_LIBRARY_PATH on Mac OS X).
Appendix: system setup¶
Below are instructions for installing prerequisites and configuring system paths for the most common operating systems. Note that running these commands requires administrative/sudo privileges.
Debian-based systems including Ubuntu, Mint/LMDE, etc (tested on Ubuntu 11.10)
sh -c 'echo "/usr/local/lib" > /etc/ld.so.conf.d/aegean-x86_64.conf' ldconfig apt-get install -y build-essential git libcairo2-dev libpango1.0-dev
Red Hat-based systems including CentOS, Fedora, etc (tested on CentOS 5.3)
sh -c 'echo "/usr/local/lib" > /etc/ld.so.conf.d/aegean-x86_64.conf' /sbin/ldconfig yum install -y git cairo-devel pango-devel
Mac OS X
# Install Homebrew: http://brew.sh/ # Then use the brew command to install GenomeTools brew install genometools