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1. Introduction
2. Getting the source code
3. Installing the required Ubuntu packages
4. How to compile
5. Uninstalling

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1. Introduction
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We currently recommend Ubuntu Hardy(8.04) or later.
A gfx-adapter with OpenGL acceleration is highly recommended and 24/32
bitdepth is required with OpenGL.

NOTE TO NEW LINUX USERS: All lines that are prefixed with the '#'
character are commands that need to be typed into a terminal window /
console (similar to the command prompt for Windows). Note that the '#'
character itself should NOT be typed as part of the command.

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2. Getting the source code
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   # sudo apt-get install git-core
   # cd $HOME
   # git clone git://github.com/xbmc/xbmc.git xbmc

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3. Installing the required Ubuntu packages
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Two methods exist to install the required Ubuntu packages:

[NOTICE] For supported old Ubuntu versions, some packages might be outdated.
         For those, you can either compile them manually, or use our backports
         available from our official PPA:

         http://launchpad.net/~team-xbmc/+archive/ppa

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3.1. Copy and paste the following line corresponding to your system
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For Ubuntu (all versions >= 7.04):

   # sudo apt-get install git-core build-essential gawk pmount libtool nasm yasm automake cmake gperf zip unzip bison libsdl-dev libsdl-image1.2-dev libsdl-gfx1.2-dev libsdl-mixer1.2-dev libfribidi-dev liblzo2-dev libfreetype6-dev libsqlite3-dev libogg-dev libasound2-dev python-sqlite libglew-dev libcurl3 libcurl4-gnutls-dev libxrandr-dev libxrender-dev libmad0-dev libogg-dev libvorbisenc2 libsmbclient-dev libmysqlclient-dev libpcre3-dev libdbus-1-dev libhal-dev libhal-storage-dev libjasper-dev libfontconfig-dev libbz2-dev libboost-dev libenca-dev libxt-dev libxmu-dev libpng-dev libjpeg-dev libpulse-dev mesa-utils libcdio-dev libsamplerate-dev libmpeg3-dev libflac-dev libiso9660-dev libass-dev libssl-dev fp-compiler gdc libmpeg2-4-dev libmicrohttpd-dev libmodplug-dev libssh-dev gettext cvs python-dev libyajl-dev libboost-thread-dev libplist-dev libusb-dev libudev-dev libtinyxml-dev libcap-dev curl swig default-jre

For >= 10.10:
   # sudo apt-get install autopoint libltdl-dev

On 8.10 and older versions, libcurl is outdated and thus XBMC will not compile properly.
In this case you will have to manually compile the latest version.
   # wget http://curl.sourceforge.net/download/curl-7.19.7.tar.gz
   # tar -xzf curl-7.19.7.tar.gz
   # cd curl-7.19.7
   # ./configure --disable-ipv6 --without-libidn --disable-ldap --prefix=/usr
   # make
   # sudo make install

We currently need a version of taglib that has not been packaged yet. We supply a Makefile in
lib/taglib to make it easy to install into /usr/local until it is available in apt.

   # make -C lib/taglib
   # sudo make -C lib/taglib install

Unless you are proficient with how linux libraries and versions work, do not
try to provide it yourself.

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3.2. Use a single command to get all build dependencies
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You can get all build dependencies used for building the packages on the PPA. For this, you
need to specify the PPA in your apt sources. Please find the documentation on how to add a
PPA to your system here:

   http://launchpad.net/+help/soyuz/ppa-sources-list.html

The PPA used for XBMC (developpement version) is located on the following page:

   http://launchpad.net/~team-xbmc/+archive/unstable

[Note 1] Click on "Technical details about this PPA" to display the sources.list entries.

[Note 2] If you are using a distribution that has outdated libraries, do not forget to use
         the following ppa:
         http://launchpad.net/~team-xbmc/+archive/ppa

Update apt:
   # sudo apt-get update

Here is the magic command to get the build dependencies (used to compile the version on the PPA).
   # sudo apt-get build-dep xbmc

*** For Hardy add "deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/team-xbmc/xbmc-ppa-build-depends/ubuntu hardy main" to sources.list

*** Avoid using "aptitude" for the build-dep command. It doesn't resolve everything.

*** For developers and anyone else who compiles frequently it is recommended to use ccache
sudo apt-get install ccache

*** A tip for those with multiple computers at home is to check out distcc (totally unsupported from xbmc of course)
sudo apt-get install distcc

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4. How to compile
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See README.linux

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4.1. Test Suite
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See README.linux

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5. Uninstalling
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$ sudo apt-get remove xbmc*

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