Current Build-time Dependencies for Ardour
Libraries Requiring Modified Versions
The binary ("ready to run") versions of Ardour available on
ardour.org are built using modified versions of recent releases of
the following libraries. These modifications are required for
building and running Ardour. To comply with the license that they
(and Ardour) use, we make modified releases of them available. The
patches used to create them can be found in Ardour's repository
|gtk+ (for X11)||2.24.18||http://ardour.org/files/deps/gtk+-2.24.18-x11.tar.bz2|
|gtk+ (for OS X)||2.24.18||http://ardour.org/files/deps/gtk+-2.24.18-quartz.tar.bz2|
How do these versions differ?
The changes to the libraries listed above are relatively minor but important for the smooth operation of Ardour and/or packaging it as a binary bundle. You could build a functioning version of Ardour with the normal releases of thes libraries if you chose to do so.
- patched to fix a bug with handling BWF files
- patched to fix an error in the pkg-config file, and to handle slow drawing a bit differently than the conventional GnomeCanvas.
- patched to fix compilation on OS X caused by Apple's use of macros like NULL
- patched to allow users to disable h/w gradient rendering on buggy video drivers
On OS X, contains several patches need to make GTK+ function correctly for Ardour. Some of these changes break the GTK+ ABI, and so will never be accepted for the GTK+ 2.x releases.
On both Linux and OS X, contains a patch to allow GTK+ to be fully relocatable. You do NOT need this version of GTK+ on Linux unless you intend to try to build your own binary bundles of Ardour.
The modified version of GTK+ must be built with the
--enable-relocationargument given to the configure command.
- No patches, just a "make dist"-generated tarball of a recent version of LRDF from git, since a new version has not been released in some time.
Ardour is currently built using Freetype 2.4.9 plus this patch. The patch turns off the bytecode interpreter which Ardour's lead developer thinks produces nicer font rendering. The patch not actually required on Linux systems, and is irrelevant on non-Linux systems (since Freetype is not used to render fonts there).
At the present time, there appears to be no way for a 3rd party to repackage Freetype into a source tarball. The maintainers of the library have been notified of this issue.
Ardour requires GTK+ 2.24 or later. Building or installing this library will require/bring in several other libraries that Ardour also requires. Note that we use a modified version of GTK (see above).
See above for the "modified" libraries that are also needed.