Debian / Ubuntu system prerequisites

Debian or Ubuntu systems require the following packages:

apt-get install \
    bison \
    ca-certificates \
    cmake \
    curl \
    default-jre \
    flex \
    gettext \
    git \
    libbz2-dev \
    libcurl4-openssl-dev \
    libfontconfig1 \
    libglib2.0-dev \
    libncurses5-dev \
    libreadline6-dev \
    libx11-dev \
    libxrender1 \
    libxt-dev \
    m4 \
    make \
    perl-modules \

Prefix the apt-get command with sudo if necessary.


If you get an error, run:

apt-get update --fix-missing

Then re-run the apt-get install command, above.


New since 15.0: The gcc compiler to be used shall support C++ 14. The gcc version used in Ubuntu 16 to compile the LSST Science Pipelines is gcc 5.4.

Additional installation steps for Ubuntu 14

In the case you are deploying lsst_distrib in an Ubuntu 14.04 operating system, the gcc compiler installed using the above steps is the 4.8. In order to get gcc version 5.4, following steps have to be completed in addition at the above ones.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install build-essential software-properties-common
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-toolchain-r/test
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install gcc-5 g++-5
sudo update-alternatives --install /usr/bin/gcc gcc /usr/bin/gcc-5 60 --slave /usr/bin/g++ g++ /usr/bin/g++-5


The command, above, modifies system-wide configuration and will impact other users on the machine.