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Kiwix is an offline reader for Web content. It's especially thought to
make Wikipedia available offline.  This is done by reading the content
of the project stored in a file format ZIM, a high compressed open
format with additional meta-data.

****************** COMPILATION INSTRUCTIONS *************************

Take care, the paragraphs are about the *target platforms*. If you
want to build Kiwix for Android on a GNU/Linux system, you should
follow the instructions of the "Android" paragraph.

== GNU/Linux ==
Install pre-requisties in your distro, eg, in Debian based:

sudo apt-get install zip pkg-config aptitude
sudo apt-get install libmagic-dev
sudo aptitude install libtool

=== Static (Probably what you need to do if you don't know) ===

Kiwix uses shared libraries only. A static build of Kiwix is a build
which packages the dependencies. Command line tools (indexer, server,
etc) are compiled statically.

# Run automake

# Run autoconf
./configure --enable-compileall --enable-staticbins --disable-android

# Download all dependencies
cd src/dependencies; make ; cd ../..

# Reconfigure with dependencies (Gecko version)
./configure --enable-compileall --enable-staticbins --disable-android

# Compile

# Creates tarbal suitable for distribution (no deps)
make diststatic

# If you want to be able to run directly from your dev repository copy
# the "xulrunner" directory in the distributation tarball to the
# "kiwix" sub-directory of your developement tree.

# Don't try to install with "make install", if you want to have kiwix
# install on your system just copy the directory in a /usr/local/bin
# directory.

== Dynamic ==

GNU/Linux build uses shared libraries by default. You will need the
following dependencies (also -dev packages) to compile Kiwix for Linux
(this list can vary a little bit depending of the GNU/Linux

* g++
* gcc
* autoconf
* automake
* libtool
* pkg-config
* liblzma
* libicu
* libmicrohttpd
* zlib
* libcrypto++
* cmake
* wget
* aria2
* libuuid
* libssl
* libzim
* libpugixml
* libctpp2
* xulrunner

Debian is the only distribution providing natively all these
packages. Ubuntu provides most of them, excluding xulrunner and
zimlib. You will have to download and install them separatly or run
configure --with-static-dep=SELF. Then run the following commands:

# Run automake

# Configure the compilation
# check --help for options. Most dependencies accept --with-dep=XX and
# with-static-dep=XX.a. Static version of libraries are used for building
# static binaries (server, indexer, etc) Use --with-dep=SELF or
# --with-static-dep=SELF to trigger fetch and build for the dependency.

# Compile

# Optionaly install on the filesystem
sudo make install

== Mac OSX Universal ==

[warning] To build the Mac OS version you will have to install
proprietary software which are free of charge.
You will also need to build on an Apple Mac computer.

* Install OSX 10.6.5+ (proprietary)
* Install XCode 3.2.5+ (proprietary) - (requires registration)
* Install Java
* Install MacPorts -

* Configure Macports

* Install the following tools and libraries

sudo port install autogen +universal pkgconfig +universal wget +universal gmake +universal coreutils +universal libidl +universal autoconf213 +universal icu +universal

Note: the following commands seem to work better on OS X Yosemite, apparently 'universal' is less relevant and various packages are no longer available as universal options. 
sudo port  install autogen pkgconfig  wget  gmake  coreutils  libidl  autoconf213  icu
sudo port -v install aclocal automake libtool autoconf cmake imagemagick

./ alt && ./configure --enable-compileall
cd src/dependencies && make
make clean
./ alt && ./configure --enable-compileall --enable-compileall --disable-dependency-tracking --with-target-arch=i386
make distmac
make clean
./ alt && ./configure --enable-compileall --enable-compileall --disable-dependency-tracking --with-target-arch=x86_64
make distmac
make universal

;;Debugging tips:

- components file type can be either Mach-O dynamically linked shared library
  or Mach-O bundle but above instructions will create dynamic libraries.
- Shared Object (.so files on Linux) have .dylib extension on OSX.
- use dtruss to inspect program execution like strace.
- dyldinfo -lazy_bind | dyldinfo -bind components/zimAccessor.dylib |grep zim
- nm -gm components/zimAccessor.dylib | nm -u | nm -g
- otool -L libzim.dylib
- install_name_tool -change @executable_path/../libicuuc.dylib libicuuc.dylib kiwix-serve
- lldb

== Android ==

Look at android/README

== Windows ==

* Install Windows XP SP2+
* Install Visual Studio Express 2010
* Install 7-zip
* Install MozillaBuild 1.6
* Install ActivePerl
* Install Ruby
* Install NSIS 2.46
* Install nsis_locate
* Install nsis_uac
* Replace installed UAC.dll by new one.

* Install all software in default locations.

* Change your Windows PATH environment variable:
  - 7zip
  - NSIS
  - ruby
  - Perl
  - mozilla-build\msys\bin\

* Get shell from c:\mozilla-build\start-msvc10.bat

* mkdir -p /c/slave/windows-32b
  git clone git:// kiwix
  cd kiwix
  ./ alt
  ./configure --disable-indexer --enable-jar
  make win
  make windist
  make wininstaller

*************************** CONTACT *********************************

Email: or
IRC: #kiwix on

You can use IRC web interface on


********************** LEGAL & DISCLAIMER ***************************

Read 'COPYING' file


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