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Getting and Compiling from CVS

The most recent version of Rosegarden is only available as source code from the Rosegarden CVS archive. You have to download the source code using CVS and re-compile it yourself. This is not difficult to do but you must follow the instructions below carefully. Open a shell to get a command-line prompt, e.g. by running xterm, and type:

cvs -d:pserver:[email protected]:/cvsroot/rosegarden login
cvs -z3 -d:pserver:[email protected]:/cvsroot/rosegarden co rosegarden

You may need to keep re-trying these cvs commands if the server or the network is very busy.

cd rosegarden
make -f Makefile.cvs

The following command makes Rosegarden ready for compilation in most cases. However, you may need to use the configure command with certain options (e.g. --without-ladspa --without-jack) depending on which other software is already installed on your computer.


Rosegarden should now be configured. Check carefully whether you see any error messages (ignore warnings). If there are errors, it usually means you need to try again giving configure some options.


Rosegarden should now be compiled. If there are errors, it usually means you need to try the configure command again with added options.

su -c "make install"

Rosegarden should now be installed and ready-to-run by typing:


Important Warning: make sure you do not have an old version of Rosegarden on your computer. If you are using a Linux distribution like SuSE or Mandrake which already contains Rosegarden, you must remove the old version of Rosegarden before you install a new version of Rosegarden. The best way to do this is to use your distribution's package management system (see your provider's documentation).

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