Introduction to dvisvgm

The dvisvgm package converts DVI, EPS and PDF files to SVG format.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-10.1 platform.

Package Information

dvisvgm Dependencies


Brotli-1.0.9, ghostscript-9.54.0 and Potrace-1.16



asciidoc-9.1.0 with xmlto-0.0.28 and libxslt-1.1.34 (see command explanations), dblatex (with the above) and xxHash (the current version is included in the tarball)

User Notes: https://wiki.linuxfromscratch.org/blfs/wiki/dvisvgm

Installation of dvisvgm

To enable the build system to link to libkpathsea.so, as the root user create a symlink from /usr/lib:

ln -svf /opt/texlive/2021/lib/libkpathsea.so /usr/lib

The testsuite assumes that a modern version of Python has been installed as plain python. Changing this to use python3 requires a sed to one of Makefile.in files, but that gets regenerated when autoreconf is run, so the sed must come after that.

Install dvisvgm by running the following commands:

autoreconf -fiv                               &&
sed -i 's/python/&3/' tests/Makefile.in       &&
./configure                                    \
 --bindir=/opt/texlive/2021/bin/${TEXARCH}     \
 --mandir=/opt/texlive/2021/texmf-dist/doc/man \
 --with-kpathsea=/opt/texlive/2021            &&

To test the results, issue: make check.

Now, as the root user:

make install

Command Explanations

ln -svf /opt/texlive/2021/lib/libkpathsea.so /usr/lib: Without this, the program will not link correctly,

autoreconf -fiv: The versions of autoconf and automake used when this package was created are older than the current versions in LFS. That causes 'make' to fail when it reaches the 'tests' subdirectory unless autoreconf is forced to install missing (i.e. newer) auxiliary files.

--with-kpathsea=/opt/texlive/2021: This allows the build system to find the headers for kpathsea


Installed Programs: dvisvgm
Installed Libraries: None
Installed Directories: None

Short Descriptions


converts DVI, EPS and PDF files to the SVG format

Last updated on Mon Apr 26 21:08:30 2021