Man I’m terrible at keeping this blog up to date. Anyway – I’ve decided to play around with the Persistence of Vision raytracer again (aka “pov-ray”). It’s a pretty old but capable raytracer. It’s got a fairly easy to understand scene description language that gives you some major power, and I’d like to think I’ll be able to auto-generate some interesting stuff via ruby – we’ll see.
Unfortunately, it’s been removed from the debian repos, so you’re left to get it installed yourself. Here’s how I did it on debian testing (currently “jessie”):
sudo aptitude install build-essential libboost-dev libboost-thread-dev zlib1g-dev libpng12-dev libjpeg8-dev libtiff5-dev libopenexr-dev git clone https://github.com/POV-Ray/povray cd povray git co 3.7-stable # Now we follow the unix/install.txt instructions, sorta. cd unix #Need to fix prebuild.sh for the newer version of automake in jessie sed 's/automake --w/automake --add-missing --w/g' -i prebuild.sh cd .. ./configure --prefix ~/bin/povray COMPILED_BYemail@example.com' LIBS="-lboost_system -lboost_thread" make make check make install
and it’ll install into
Thanks to this post for getting me over the automake incompatibility confusion, where an empty
Makefile.in was being generated while trying to