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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.
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 >= 3.12.1 with native threads support.
- make world must succeed.
- The graphical toolkit GTK+ 2.x. See
The official supported version is at least 2.24.x.
You may still compile CoqIde with older versions and use all features.
pkg-config --modversion gtk+-2.0
to check your version.
Do not forget to install the development 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 with support for gtksourceview2.
You need at least version 2.16.
Your distribution may contain precompiled packages. For example, for
Debian, run
aptitude install liblablgtksourceview2-ocaml-dev
for Mandriva, run
urpmi ocaml-lablgtk-devel
If it does not, see
The basic command installing lablgtk2 from the source package is:
./configure && make world && make install
You must have write access to the OCaml standard library path.
If this fails, read lablgtk-2.14.2/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 in the
report printed by configure that ability to build CoqIde is detected.
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
2) You may now run bin/coqide
There are three configuration files located in your $(XDG_CONFIG_HOME)/coq
dir (defaulting to $HOME/.config/coq).
- 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.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>/.config/coq/coqiderc under Linux, or
C:\Documents and Settings\<user>\.config\coq\coqiderc under Windows)
and replace any occurrence of MOD4 by MOD1.
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