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Building and Installing


Examples in this chapter refer to a version 1.0.0, please replace this with your current version!

This chapter describes, how you can build an install simulavr from a tarball under linux or other posix environment.

For more informations about special options, how to build it on other platforms and so one, how to build from git repository (for that you have to run autotools) please read our developers guide!


In short, you need gcc, swig (for interfaces to interpreter languages and such), make, python (at least 2.4, for regression tests, some examples, python interface), tcl/tk (for tcl interface and some examples), doxygen (if you want to generate api documentation), verilog (if you want to build verilog interface).

Here is a short list of tools, which are necessary to run configure script and to build and install simulavr: (for more see manual)

  • make (all not to old versions should work, known to work with 3.81, ubuntu 10.04)
  • libtool (version >= 2.2, known to work with 2.2.6b, ubuntu 10.04)
  • gcc (version known to work with 4.4.3, ubuntu 10.04)

Do the build

Assume, that you have downloaded simulavr-1.0.0.tar.gz, unpack it:

tar zxvf simulavr-1.0.0.tar.gz
cd simulavr-1.0.0

Now you are ready to run configure:

./configure --prefix=/usr

This will create Makefiles for building simulavr commandline application only. Prefix option determines, where simulavr will be installed, default is /usr/local. If you hav installed python (at least 2.4), then you can enable python to build python interface too:

./configure --enable-python

Enabeling TCL interface is a little bit more difficult, you have to locate script, which will be installed with your tcl package. Assume, path to is /usr/lib/tcl8.4:

./configure --with-tclconfig=/usr/lib/tcl8.4

To be able to build doxygen api (with installed doxygen):

./configure --enable-doxygen-doc

Enable building verilog interface:

./configure --enable-verilog

You can mix this options together, if you want this. After configure you can run make and make istall as usual:

make install

This will build simulavr and, if switched on by configure options, some extension modules and libraries. It installs simulavr itself, libraries and some examples and the in documentation directory $prefix/share/doc/simulavr.

If you want to install simulavr.pdf too, you can do that after the normal installation:

make install-pdf

To install simulavr documentation as html:

make install-html

Installing doxygen documentation is also possible, if doxygen is installed and switched on by configure option:

make install-doxygen

Same is possible for the verilog extension. avr.vpi will be installed in $prefix/lib/ivl if switched on by configure option:

make install-vpi

Python interface will not be installed by make-install..., because a right installation depends on the actual python installation. To support the installation of python module there is a in src directory:

cd simulavr-1.0.0/src
python install

If you want to create a egg-package from this python module, you have to install python’s setuptools package first. Then run:

python build bdist_egg

For more possibilities on installing python interface, please see python documentation (distutils package) and documentation for setuptools python package.