See README.develop if you plan use the git or development version. 0. To compile the source, you'll need a POSIX shell and utilities (sh, sed, grep, cat), an ANSI C compiler like gcc, and a POSIX "make" program like GNU make or remake. You may also want to have "libtool" installed for building portable shared libraries. 1. Uncompress and unpack the source code using for example "tar". Recent versions of GNU tar can do this in one step like this: tar -xpf libcdio-*.bz # or libcdio-*.gz 2. Go into the directory, run "configure" followed by "make": cd libcdio-* sh ./configure MAKE=make # or remake or gmake 3. If step 2 works, compile everything: make # or remake 4. Run the regression tests if you want: make check # or remake check 5. Install. If the preceding steps were successful: make install # you may have to do this as root # or "sudo make install" If you have problems linking libcdio or libiso9660, see the BSD section. You might also try the option --without-versioned-libs. However this option does help with the situation described below so it is preferred all other things being equal. If you are debugging libcdio, the libtool and the dynamic libraries can make things harder. I suggest setting CFLAGS to include '-fno-inline -g' and using --disable-shared on configure. VCD dependency: --------------- One thing that confuses people is the "dependency" on libvcdinfo from vcdimager, while vcdimager has a dependency on libcdio. This libcdio dependency on vcdimager is an optional (i.e. not mandatory) dependency, while the vcdimager dependency right now is mandatory. libvcdinfo is used only by the utility program cd-info. If you want cd-info to use the VCD reporting portion and you don't already have vcdimager installed, build and install libcdio, then vcdimager, then configure libcdio again and it should find libvcdinfo. People who make packages might consider making two packages, a libcdio package with just the libraries (and no dependency on libvcdinfo) and a libcdio-utils which contains cd-info and iso-info, cd-read, iso-read. Should you want cd-info with VCD support then you'd add a dependency in that package to libvcdinfo. Another thing one can do is "make install" inside the library, or run "configure --without-vcd-info --without-cddb" (since libcddb also has an optional dependency on libcdio). Microsoft Windows ------- Building under Microsoft Windows is supported for cygwin ( You need to have the cygwin libiconv-devel package installed. For MinGW ( also works provided you have libiconv installed. Support for Microsoft compilers (e.g. Visual C) is not officially supported. You need to make your own "project" files. Don't undertake this unless you are willing to spend time hacking. In the past xboxmediacenter team folks I believe have gone this route, as has Pete Batard in his rufus project. You may be able to use their project files as a starting point. XBOX ------- Consult the xboxmediacenter team ( BSD, FreeBSD, NetBSD --- Unless you use --without-versioned-libs (not recommended), you need to use GNU make or remake ( GNU make can be found under the name "gmake". If you use another make you are likely to get problems linking libcdio and libiso9660. Solaris ------- You may need to use --without-versioned-libs if you get a problem building libcdio or libiso9660. If you get a message like: attempted multiple inclusion of file because you have enable vcd-info and it is installed, then the only way I know how to get around is to use configure with --disable-shared. OS Support --------------- Support for Operating Systems's is really based on the desire, ability and willingness of others to help out. I use GNU/Linux so that probably works best. Before a release I'll test on servers I have available. I also announce a pending release on and ask others to test out. Specific libcdio configure options and environment variables --------------- --disable-cxx Disable C++ bindings (default enabled) --enable-cpp-progs make C++ example programs (default enabled) --disable-example-progs Don't build libcdio sample programs --disable-dependency-tracking speeds up one-time build --enable-dependency-tracking do not reject slow dependency extractors --disable-largefile omit support for large files --enable-shared[=PKGS] build shared libraries [default=yes] --enable-static[=PKGS] build static libraries [default=yes] --enable-fast-install[=PKGS] optimize for fast installation [default=yes] --disable-libtool-lock avoid locking (might break parallel builds) --disable-joliet don't include Joliet extension support (default enabled) --disable-rpath do not hardcode runtime library paths --enable-rock include Rock-Ridge extension support (default enabled) --enable-cddb include CDDB lookups in cd_info (default enabled) --enable-vcd-info include Video CD Info from libvcd --enable-maintainer-mode create documentation and manual packages. For this you need texinfo and help2man installed Optional Packages: --with-PACKAGE[=ARG] use PACKAGE [ARG=yes] --without-PACKAGE do not use PACKAGE (same as --with-PACKAGE=no) --without-cd-drive don't build program cd-drive (default with) --without-cd-info don't build program cd-info (default with) --without-cd-paranoia don't build program cd-paranoia and paranoia libraries (default with) --without-cdda-player don't build program cdda-player (default with) --with-cd-paranoia-name name to use as the cd-paranoia program name (default cd-paranoia) --without-cd-read don't build program cd-read (default with) --without-iso-info don't build program iso-info (default with) --without-iso-read don't build program iso-read (default with) --without-versioned-libs build versioned library symbols (default enabled if you have GNU ld) --with-pic try to use only PIC/non-PIC objects [default=use both] --with-gnu-ld assume the C compiler uses GNU ld [default=no] --with-gnu-ld assume the C compiler uses GNU ld default=no --with-libiconv-prefix[=DIR] search for libiconv in DIR/include and DIR/lib --without-libiconv-prefix don't search for libiconv in includedir and libdir Some influential environment variables: CC C compiler command CFLAGS C compiler flags LDFLAGS linker flags, e.g. -L<lib dir> if you have libraries in a nonstandard directory <lib dir> LIBS libraries to pass to the linker, e.g. -l<library> CPPFLAGS (Objective) C/C++ preprocessor flags, e.g. -I<include dir> if you have headers in a nonstandard directory <include dir> CXX C++ compiler command CXXFLAGS C++ compiler flags CPP C preprocessor CXXCPP C++ preprocessor PKG_CONFIG path to pkg-config utility CDDB_CFLAGS C compiler flags for CDDB, overriding pkg-config CDDB_LIBS linker flags for CDDB, overriding pkg-config VCDINFO_CFLAGS C compiler flags for VCDINFO, overriding pkg-config VCDINFO_LIBS linker flags for VCDINFO, overriding pkg-config