Different systems have different approaches to solutions and packaging. You might find the information below interesting.
You need to install the following packages:
From the Admin section: cygrunsrv (installs a necessary service to Windows)
From the Base section: all packages in this section should be installed by default
From the Devel section: ORBit2-devel, atk-devel, autoconf2.5, automake1.x (here we suggest automake1.7), binutils, bison, catgets, cvs, gcc, gettext, gettext-devel, glib2-devel, gtk2-x11-devel, libbonobo2-devel, libfreetype2-devel, libxml2-devel, make, minires-devel, openssl-devel, pango-devel, pcre, pcre-devel, pkgconfig
From the Gnome section: gnome-vfs2, libgnome2
From the Libs section: popt
From the X11 section: xorg-x11-devel, xorg-x11-base, xorg-x11-bin, xorg-x11-bin-dlls, xorg-x11-fenc, xorg-x11-fnts, xorg-x11-fsrv, xorg-x11-f100, xorg-x11-fcyr, xorg-x11-fscl
You may want to install the following optional packages:
From the Devel section: libxml2 (for the xmllint tool)
From the Gnome section: libgnomeui2
From the Interpreters section: python (only for Bluefish 1.1 and above)
From the Text section: aspell-dev (for spell-checker), aspell-
LANG (dictionary for your language)
From the Utils section: bzip2 (to decompress bzip2-compressed archives), desktop-file-utils (freedesktop.org menu support), gnome-mime-data (old GNOME <= 2.4 MIME support), shared-mime-info (freedesktop.org shared MIME-info database)
From the Web section: tidy, wget (to download Bluefish archives)
From the X11 section: hicolor-icon-theme
Fetch the source and compile it as explained in Section 4, “Installing a Bluefish Source Distribution”.
To run Bluefish, you need to start the cygrunsrv Service. First log in to a Cygwin-Shell and run
/usr/bin/cygserver-config. Answer Yes to install cygserver as service. Then open a Windows shell with the button of your Windows box and choose Run. Type
command.exe, hit enter and type
net start cygserver. To automatically start the service with Windows, set
Starttype for cygrunsrv to Automatic (see Start > Control Panel > Computer Administration > Services and Applications > Services : CYGWIN cygserver : Properties). To stop the service, type
net stop cygserver.
To allow Bluefish to use the Cygserver facilities (to use the XSI IPC function calls like
msgget successfully) you need to export the
CYGWIN environment variable. Add the following line to your
To run Bluefish, first start the X server with
startx, then launch bluefish with
/usr/bin/bluefish.exe (if you have configured bluefish with
For further details, see the Compile Bluefish for Cygwin wiki page.
Debian Woody (the current Stable) has an old GTK 2.0.2 version, that contains several known bugs, but they are not serious.
Debian Sarge (currently in Testing) has Bluefish 1.0 and GTK 2.6.4 version.
Debian Sid (Unstable) will always have the latest Bluefish version.
libpcre: Breaks pcre into 3 different pieces, make sure pcre-devel is installed if compiling from source. Try this command:
$rpm -ql pcre-devel
... more nags with Mandrake?
Fink binary distribution for Mac OS X 10.1 has Bluefish 0.7 (unmaintained).
Fink for Mac OS X 10.2 has Bluefish 0.12 in binary or stable source distribution, and Bluefish 0.13 in unstable source branch.
Fink for Mac OS X 10.3 and 10.4-transitional has Bluefish 1.0 in binary distribution, Bluefish 1.0.4 in stable source branch, and Bluefish 1.0.5 in unstable source branch. The source branches have three variants: bluefish, bluefish-gnomevfs2, and bluefish-gnome2.
Fink's latest cvs version is always available from the Fink's maintainer experimental cvs tree. It is meant to run on Mac OS X 10.4.
If you have trouble starting bluefish with fink, first read the Fink's Faq page. If this does not solve your problem, send an email to the maintainer (
Version 1.0.5 is available. Go to http://bluefish.darwinports.com/ to find detailed informations about its installation.