Build STK on Linux

Note that these instructions apply to STK versions more recent that 0.8 alpha. If you want to compile an older version, please use the history feature of the wiki.

If you are a packager making a package for a Linux distribution, please do not try to modify our build system to use system versions of bullet and irrlicht. In both cases we use a specific and/or modified version of the library, and linking STK against the system library will only introduce bugs (corrupted graphics, memory leaks) into SuperTuxKart. Thanks


Installing dependencies

First of all, you will need a compiler and the autotools build system. When building the current SVN, you will also need cmake. Other dependencies you will need include openal, ogg, vorbis.

yum install gcc-c++ autoconf automake libogg-devel libvorbis-devel openal-soft-devel fribidi-devel subversion libcurl-devel cmake irrlicht-devel

sudo apt-get install autoconf automake build-essential cmake libogg-dev libvorbis-dev libopenal-dev libxxf86vm-dev libgl1-mesa-dev libglu1-mesa-dev libcurl4-openssl-dev libfribidi-dev

Building Irrlicht

This part is required only for STK 0.8, no longer required for later versions.

From the STK root source directory, start by compiling irrlicht. cd lib/irrlicht/source/Irrlicht/ NDEBUG=1 make -j2 cd -

(in this sample I configure make to use 2 cores. You can use more/less depending on your configuration). Note that these steps should be repeated whenever we update irrlicht.

Building SuperTuxKart

Then build SuperTuxKart using CMake

mkdir cmake_build cd cmake_build cmake .. make VERBOSE=1 -j2

(again in this sample I configure make to use 2 cores. You can use more/less depending on your configuration).

To make a debug build add -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Debug like this:

cmake .. -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Debug

Another option is to build the regular release version with its optimizations, but with debugging symbols still enabled. Replace the Debug with RelWithDebInfo for that.

To enable wiiuse, add: -DUSE_WIIUSE=yes

And finally, to install (optional):

sudo make install

this will install in /usr/local. If you want to install somewhere else, replace the "cmake" command with something like:

cmake .. -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=/opt/stk

Using Eclipse

If you want to use the eclipse ide, use the following approach:

In the trunk :

   mkdir cmake_build
   cd cmake_build
   cmake -G "Eclipse CDT4 - Unix Makefiles" -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Debug ..

This will generate project files based on the cmake files.

Now you can open Eclipse, Import -> Existing projects into workspace, browse to the trunk and import the build project.

Though, I recommend making a new project with the trunk as directory so that you can actually browse the source in the IDE and use the SVN plugins.

Now right-click on this project -> New -> Convert to C++ Project (Possibly not needed if you made a C++ project in the previous step.)

Right-click the project -> properties -> C/C++ Build

Now you can build the project by :

For easier code browsing an making use of Eclipse features :

C/C++ Build -> Discovery options


Right-click project -> index -> rebuild

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