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CoqIde Installation procedure.
CoqIde is a graphical interface to perform interactive proofs.
You should be able to do everything you do in coqtop inside CoqIde
excepted dropping to the ML toplevel.
DISCLAIMER: CoqIde is ongoing work. Although it should never let you
loose a proof, you may encounter unexpected bugs.
Do not hesitate to send suggestions/bug reports.
Your POSIX operating system may already contain precompiled packages
for Coq, including CoqIde, or a ready-to-compile... If the version
provided there suits you, follow the usual procedure for your
operating system.
E.g., on Debian GNU/Linux (or Debian GNU/k*BSD or ...), do:
aptitude install coqide
On Gentoo GNU/Linux, do:
USE=ide emerge sci-mathematics/coq
Else, read the rest of this document to compile your own CoqIde.
- OCaml >= 3.10.2 with native threads support.
- make world must succeed.
- The graphical toolkit GTK+ 2.x. See
The official supported version is at least 2.10.x.
You may still compile CoqIde with older versions and
use all features.
"pkg-config --modversion gtk+-2.0"
to check your version.
All recent distributions have precompiled packages.
Do not forget to install the developement headers packages.
On Debian, installing lablgtk2 (see below) will automatically
install GTK+. (But "aptitude install libgtk2.0-dev" will
install GTK+ 2.x should you need to force it for one reason
or another.)
- The OCaml bindings for GTK+ 2.x, lablgtk2.
You need at least version 2.10.0.
Your distribution may contain precompiled packages. For
example, for Debian, run
aptitude install liblablgtk2-ocaml-dev
for Mandriva, run
urpmi ocaml-lablgtk2-devel
If it does not, see .
One official releases of lablgtk2 is here:
If you are in a hurry just run :
cd /tmp && \
wget \ && \
tar zxvf lablgtk-2.10.1.tar.gz && \
cd lablgtk-2.10.1 && \
./configure && \
make world && \
make install
You must have write access to the OCaml standard library path.
If this fails, read lablgtk-2.10.1/README.
0) For optimal performance, OCaml must support native threads (aka pthreads).
If this not the case, this means that Coq computations will be slow and
"make ide" will fail. Use "make bin/coqide.byte" instead. To fix this
problem, just recompile OCaml from source and configure OCaml with :
"./configure --with-pthreads".
In case you install over an existing copy of OCaml, you should better
empty the OCaml installation directory.
1) Go into your Coq source directory and, as usual, configure with:
This should detect the ability of making CoqIde; check that is
says it has detected this ability and activated the building of
Then compile with
make world
and install with
make install
In case you are upgrading from an old version you may need to run
make clean-ide
3) You may now run bin/coqide
There are three configuration files located in your $(HOME) dir.
You may need to set HOME to some sensible value under Windows.
- .coqiderc is generated by coqide itself. It may be edited by hand or
by using the Preference menu from coqide. It will be generated the first time
you save your the preferences in Coqide.
- .coqide-gtk2rc is a standard Gtk2 configuration file. A sample file can be
found in the coq lib "ide" subdir.
- .coqide.keys is a standard Gtk2 accelerator dump. You may edit this file
to change the default shortcuts for the menus.
Read ide/FAQ for more informations.
- Problem with automatic templates
Some users may experiment problems with unwanted automatic
templates while using Coqide. This is due to a change in the
modifiers keys available through GTK. The straightest way to get
rid of the problem is to edit by hand your .coqiderc (either
/home/<user>/.coqiderc under Linux, or
C:\Documents and Settings\<user>\.coqiderc under Windows)
and replace any occurence of MOD4 by MOD1.
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