Installing LyX from (stable) source?

Steve Litt slitt at
Sun May 2 00:42:36 UTC 2021

Richard Kimberly Heck said on Sat, 1 May 2021 20:30:51 -0400

>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.

Thanks Riki!

I ./configure --enable-qt5, and got the following errors:

checking for Qt library name... failed
configure: error: cannot compile a simple Qt executable. Check you have
the right $QTDIR.

Well, on the command line I have no $QTDIR, as proved by echo $QTDIR.
Is there some other switch I needed to use on the ./configure line? By
the way, I have both qt5 and qt5-devel installed.



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