Introduction to dvisvgm

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



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Package Information

dvisvgm Dependencies


Brotli-1.0.9, ghostscript-10.00.0, and Potrace-1.16



asciidoc-10.2.0 with xmlto-0.0.28 and libxslt-1.1.37 (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 $TEXLIVE_PREFIX/lib/libkpathsea.so /usr/lib

The test suite assumes that a modern version of Python has been installed as plain python. Changing this to use python3 requires a sed to one Makefile.in file.

Install dvisvgm by running the following commands:

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

To test the results, issue: make check.

Now, as the root user:

make install

Command Explanations

ln -svf $TEXLIVE_PREFIX/lib/libkpathsea.so /usr/lib: Without this, the program will not link correctly,

--with-kpathsea=$TEXLIVE_PREFIX: 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