Installing LyX from (stable) source?

Richard Kimberly Heck rikiheck at
Sun May 2 00:30:51 UTC 2021

On 5/1/21 7:43 PM, Steve Litt wrote:
> Hi all,
> I use Void Linux and am not satisfied with their LyX package, because
> it apparently contains hard links to the 2020 TeXLive, which of course
> is giving me errors. I'd prefer to handle my LyX and TeXLive myself,
> without Linux distribution packages.
> Are there any special gotchas I should know about ./configure;make;make
> install that might mess me up?

None that I know of, though of course you'll need the dependencies. The 
big one is Qt, and you can choose between Qt 4.x and Qt 5.x. If you use 
the latter, you'll need the switch --enable-qt5.

> Where should I procure the latest *stable* LyX --- I don't want to download the latest Git thing that
> will change tomorrow.

Check the LyX download page. There are links to the source tarballs. You 
could also use git and just checkout the 2.3.6 tag, from which the 
tarballs were built. I myself generally use the 2.3.x branch from git. 
It's the 'stable' branch, what will become 2.3.7, and generally contains 
only bug fixes. If I'm doing my job right, it will always be as stable 
as its name implies. I confess that that sometimes isn't true!


you can also find the alpha releases of 2.4.0. There are MANY big 
improvements, and so far we have had no bad bug reports from alpha3. 
(Hence, beta1 will go out as soon as I can find the time.)


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