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Old 10-16-2010, 01:44 PM   #1
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Post Compiling the aalib demo bb

Greetings. I'm trying to compile the bb ASCII art demo on Slackware (Download from

Configure doesn't seem to be able to find aalib, even though it is installed on my system. I thought it might be because I was running 64 bit (Slackware64-current), but trying to compile it on a 32 bit Slack 13.1 box fails at the same place:

checking for aa_init in -laa... no
checking for aa_init in -laa... no
Library AA-lib is required for BB!
Please download it from
Install AA-lib into /usr/local/.. tree or just compile in same
directory as bb

Even after uninstalling aalib1.4rc5 and downloading the source, successfully compiling, and installing to /usr/local version 1.2 of aalib, the version listed under "stuff required to compile BB" on the website, I still get the same configure error when trying to compile bb.

aalib does seem to work on my system, as the aafire demo works fine.

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Old 10-16-2010, 02:12 PM   #2
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It configures just fine on Slackware64 13.1.

It doesn't compile though. That's 13 year old code. I think it was written for an older version of aalib (1.2).
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Version 1.3.0 compiles OK on Slackware 13.1 - 64.

( The included patch bb-1.3.0-timer.patch may be required.)

And the binary 'bb' works.
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Old 10-16-2010, 05:57 PM   #4
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Sweet, thanks knudfl! That version works great with aalib 1.4rc5. It is newer than the version on the homepage... go figure.


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