edwin mit-scheme on x86-64 Ubuntu Hardy Haron

April 21, 2010 at 9:26 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments

edwin didn’t work on mit-scheme for some reason. Kept on giving me a “Can’t find any usable display type” error. I had to compile mit-scheme manually since ubuntu’s package system didn’t handle it for some reason (at least on the 64 bit version). Turns out I was missing a few libraries at compile time and the configure script didn’t tell me about it. This is straight from the author:

Here’s the list of package dependencies that must be installed when building:

m4, autotools-dev, libssl-dev, libncurses5-dev, libx11-dev,
libxt-dev, libltdl-dev

And here are some optional packages that are needed for specific
purposes like crypto and databases:

libmhash-dev, libmcrypt-dev, libgdbm-dev, libpq-dev, libdb-dev

Putting this on my blog so other people can benefit. I don’t want the author bothered unnecessarily.


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  1. thank you! I was struggling to install it but those packages did the trick!

  2. Do we need to install all of these packages, or some subset , just to get started?


  3. Thank you very much 🙂

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