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AsciiDoc Installation
=====================
NOTE: The current version of AsciiDoc requires *Python 2.4 or newer*
to run. If you don't already have an up-to-date version of Python
installed it can be downloaded from the official Python website
http://www.python.org/.
Prerequisites
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See the link:README.html[README] page.
Installing from the Mercurial repository
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The AsciiDoc http://www.selenic.com/mercurial/[Mercurial] repository
is hosted by http://code.google.com/[Google Code].
To browse the repository go to
http://code.google.com/p/asciidoc/source/browse/.
You can install AsciiDoc from the repository if you don't have an up to
date packaged version or want to get the latest version from the trunk:
- Make sure you have http://www.selenic.com/mercurial/[Mercurial]
installed, you can check with:
$ hg --version
- Go to the directory you want to install AsciiDoc into and download
the repository. This example gets the {revnumber} tagged release:
[subs="attributes"]
$ cd ~/bin
$ hg clone -r {revnumber} https://asciidoc.googlecode.com/hg/ asciidoc-{revnumber}
You now have two choices: you can run asciidoc locally from your
repository or you can use 'autoconf(1)' and 'make(1)' to perform a
system-wide install.
Running asciidoc from your local copy
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Create a symlink to the AsciiDoc script in a search `PATH` directory
so it's easy to execute `asciidoc` from the command-line, for example:
[subs="attributes"]
$ ln -s ~/bin/asciidoc-{revnumber}/asciidoc.py ~/bin/asciidoc
$ ln -s ~/bin/asciidoc-{revnumber}/a2x.py ~/bin/a2x
Use the Mercurial `pull` command to update your local AsciiDoc repository.
Installing asciidoc for all users
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Create `configure` using 'autoconf(1)'; use `configure` to create the
`Makefile`; run 'make(1)'; build the man pages; install:
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$ autoconf
$ ./configure
$ make
$ sudo make install
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To uninstall:
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$ sudo make uninstall
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Distribution tarball installation
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The distribution source tarballs can be downloaded from the
SourceForge http://sourceforge.net/projects/asciidoc/.
NOTE: Unless you are <<X3,installing on Microsoft Windows>> you should
use the tarball and not the zip file to install the the distribution
(the tarball contains symlinks).
If your flavor or UNIX or Linux does not have a packaged AsciiDoc
distribution or if you prefer to install the latest AsciiDoc version
from source use the `configure` shell script in the tarball root
directory.
The `autoconf(1)` generated `configure` script creates a make file
that is tailored for your system. To install:
[subs="attributes"]
$ tar -xzf asciidoc-{revnumber}.tar.gz
$ cd asciidoc-{revnumber}
$ ./configure
$ sudo make install
To install the documentation:
$ sudo make docs
To uninstall AsciiDoc:
$ sudo make uninstall
If Vim is installed on your system the AsciiDoc Vim syntax highlighter
and filetype detection scripts will be install in the global Vim
configuration file directory (`asciidoc.vim` in the `syntax` directory
and `asciidoc_filetype.vim` in the `ftdetect` directory).
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Microsoft Windows installation
------------------------------
AsciiDoc is developed and tested on Linux but there seem to be quite a
few people using it on Windows. To install AsciiDoc on Windows unzip
the distribution Zip file contents:
[subs="attributes"]
$ unzip asciidoc-{revnumber}.zip
This will create the folder +asciidoc-{revnumber}+ containing the
`asciidoc.py` and `a2x.py` executables along with configuration files
and documentation.
To generate DocBook based outputs (e.g. PDFs) you will also need a
working DocBook toolchain. Installing and configuring a DocBook
toolchain on Windows can be a challenge -- this blog post explains
http://blog.rainwebs.net/2010/02/25/how-to-create-handsome-pdf-documents-without-frustration/[How
to Create Handsome PDF Documents Without Frustration] using
http://www.cygwin.com/[Cygwin],
http://dblatex.sourceforge.net/[dblatex] and AsciiDoc.
Testing your installation
-------------------------
Test out asciidoc by changing to the AsciiDoc application directory
and convert the User Guide document (`./doc/asciidoc.txt`) to XHTML
(`./doc/asciidoc.html`):
$ python asciidoc.py doc/asciidoc.txt
link:testasciidoc.html[testasciidoc] offers a more extensive set of
conformance tests, though you do need to create the test data before
running the tests (this in itself is a good post-install test):
$ python ./tests/testasciidoc.py update
Now you can run the tests by executing this command:
$ python ./tests/testasciidoc.py run
A full battery of tests can be run from the `main.aap` script in the
distribution root directory:
$ aap test
Building the distribution
-------------------------
The AsciiDoc distribution is built using http://www.a-a-p.org/[A-A-P]
(a software build system written by Bram Moolenaar). The AsciiDoc
A-A-P scripts are:
`./main.aap`:: Builds the distribution tarball and zip files,
documentation and example website.
`./doc/main.aap`:: Builds distribution documentation.
`./examples/website/main.aap`:: Builds AsciiDoc website.
`./common.aap`:: Included in all scripts.
To build the distribution tarball and zip files, documentation and
example website run A-A-P from the distribution root directory:
$ aap
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Prepackaged AsciiDoc installation
---------------------------------
The following platform specific AsciiDoc packages are available:
*Debian GNU/Linux*::
If you use Debian or a Debian based distribution there's an
http://packages.debian.org/asciidoc[AsciiDoc Debian package]
available. Thanks to mailto:stone@debian.org[Fredrik Steen] who
built and maintains the Debian AsciiDoc package.
*Gentoo Linux*::
If you use Gentoo Linux there's a
http://packages.gentoo.org/package/app-text/asciidoc[Gentoo AsciiDoc
package] available. Thanks to mailto:brandon@ifup.org[Brandon
Philips] for writing the ebuild.
*Fedora Linux*::
With help from Terje Røsten, Chris Wright added asciidoc to Fedora
Extras which is available in the default installation. To install
asciidoc execute the following command:
$ yum install asciidoc
*Slackware Linux*::
John Calixto has created a Slackware package for AsciiDoc which can
be downloaded from http://linuxpackages.net/.
*Ark Linux*::
mailto:bero@arklinux.org[Bernhard Rosenkraenzer] added AsciiDoc to
Ark Linux -- the package is available from the Ark Linux repository
at http://arklinux.osuosl.org/dockyard-devel/, so Ark Linux users
should just run `apt-get install asciidoc`.
*T2 Linux*::
mailto:cw@ixplanet.de[Christian Wiese] added AsciiDoc to the
http://www.t2-project.org/[T2 Linux] repository at
http://svn.exactcode.de/t2/trunk/package/textproc/asciidoc/. To
build and install the package on a T2 system, run
`./scripts/Emerge-Pkg asciidoc` from within your T2 source directory
(default: `/usr/src/t2-src`).
*Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Fedora and CentOS packages*::
Dag Wieers has built AsciiDoc RPMs for a number of Red Hat based
distributions, they can be downloaded from
http://dag.wieers.com/rpm/packages/asciidoc/.
*CSW Package for Sun Solaris*::
Ben Walton has created a CSW package for AsciiDoc, you can find it
here: http://opencsw.org/packages/asciidoc.
See also link:userguide.html#X38[Packager Notes] in the 'AsciiDoc User
Guide'.