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-9.1 platform.

Package Information

dvisvgm Dependencies


ghostscript-9.50 and Potrace-1.16


asciidoc-8.6.9 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: http://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/2019/lib/libkpathsea.so /usr/lib

Now install dvisvgm by running the following commands:

./configure                                    \
 --bindir=/opt/texlive/2019/bin/${TEXARCH}     \
 --mandir=/opt/texlive/2019/texmf-dist/doc/man \
 --with-kpathsea=/opt/texlive/2019            &&

To test the results, issue: make check.

Now, as the root user:

make install                            &&
install -v -m644 doc/dvisvgm.1           \

Command Explanations

ln -svf /opt/texlive/2019/lib/libkpathsea.so /usr/lib: Without this, the program will not link correctly,

--mandir=/opt/texlive/2019/texmf-dist/doc/man: Unusually, the shipped man page will only be installed by make install if all of asciidoc, xmlto and libxslt have been installed. This switch ensures it will overwrite the (old) page installed by the texmf tarball if it installs.

--with-kpathsea=/opt/texlive/2019: This allows the build system to find the headers for kpathsea

install -v -m644 doc/dvisvgm.1 ...: This ensures that the man page is installed in the correct place even if the optional dependencies are not present, and overwrites the version installed by make install if they are present.


Installed Program(s): dvisvgm
Installed Librar(y,ies): none
Installed Director(y,ies): none

Short Descriptions


converts DVI, EPS and PDF files to the SVG format

Last updated on 2020-02-27 13:05:33 -0800