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==Getting Started Compiling and Installing SWORD from Source==
This page is intended to help anyone who needs to get started obtaining and compiling the latest SWORD source code, and installing and testing it on their machine, on a Linux (or possibly other Unix-like) operating system.
There are four main steps involved:
* Install necessary software packages
* Download the SWORD source code
* Compile and install SWORD
* Test your new SWORD installation is working
All of these can be scripted for a specific Linux distribution, and some sample scripts to use will be provided later on this page.
====Becoming root (using sudo)====
In order to install software (including installing SWORD itself), you will need to be able to temporarily "become" root.
Most Linux (and free *BSD) distributions include a tool called sudo than can do this very conveniently, once set up, without having to enter a root password.  On some Linux distributions (including Ubuntu) this is already set up for you during the installation process.  On others, you will need to
* Become root some other way (log in as root, or use su, and type in the root password when prompted for it).
* Ue the command <pre>visudo</pre> to edit the sudo configuration file.
* Add a line <pre>yourusername ALL=(ALL) ALL</pre> to the file, save the change and and exit your text editor.
After that, you should be able to type <pre>sudo id</pre> to run the (harmless) command id as root.  sudo will prompt you for your own password, but if it is used more than once within a short period, will "remember" that you have already provided it and not ask for it again.  This is very convenient.
===Install necessary software packages===
Starting from a default fairly minimal Linux installation, you need to add a C++ compiler and several other libraries and tools to your system so that you can correctly compile SWORD.  The command to do this varies between different Linux distributions.  A few examples follow:
;Fedora, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, CentOS: sudo yum install <list of packages>
;Debian, Ubuntu, Mint: sudo apt-get install <list of packages>
;Mandriva: sudo urpmi <list of packages>
These tools will automatically install additional dependent packges, so the ones you request will work.
Package names vary too, but you will generally need:
* subversion (a tool for obtaining the latest SWORD source code, see below)
* the GNU C++ compiler, often in a package named g++ or gcc-c++
* make
* libtool
* icu
* zlib-devel (sometimes named zlib1g-dev)
* clucene-core-devel (sometimes named libclucene-dev)
* libicu-devel (sometimes named libicu-dev)
* libcurl-devel (named libcurl4-gnutls-dev on Debian-derived systems)
These will generally automatically "pull in" other necessary packages such as binutils, automake and autoconf as dependencies.
==Download the SWORD source code==
The single command <pre>svn https://crosswire.org/sword/svn/trunk sword</pre> will download the current development code of SWORD, into a directory called sword.  If it asks you about the SSL key, type p (for permanent, so it remembers the key) and press Enterm and it will continue.  Once the command finishes, you should be able to do <pre>cd sword</pre> and look at all the source code you just downloaded.
==Compile and install SWORD==
==Test your new SWORD installation is working==

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