[gs-devel] build report for gs-9.55 candidate

Nelson H. F. Beebe beebe at math.utah.edu
Tue May 25 13:27:34 UTC 2021

I read with interest the long posting at


about the work on reimplementing PDF processing in C instead of
PostScript, and I thank the ghostscript developers for that clear
explanation of why this significant work is necessary.

I downloaded and successfully built and installed the candidate
release from


on CentOS 7 and 8, and Ubuntu 20.04, x86_64 systems.  All tests

I noticed two anomalies, however:

* After a "make" and "make check", a subsequent "make install"
  continues to compile many files.  In my view, this is seriously
  wrong. The "install" target should only be copying files into their
  target locations; otherwise, a compilation failure part way through
  could result in a seriously broken partly installed ghostscript,
  necessitating recovery of installation directories from backups.

* The "make install" steps fail to install the executables bin/gpdf
  and bin/gpdl.  I installed them manually on the build systems.

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