[Qgis-developer] Run stable and master versions of QGIS on Ubuntu

Eric Goddard egoddard1010 at gmail.com
Tue Mar 11 12:35:02 PDT 2014

You could try downloading the source package for gdal and modifying
the debian/rules file to add the necessary --with-FileGDB and
--with-MRSID=... lines. Installing the modified gdal with the package
manager should allow it to be used with the stable QGIS from the
ubuntuGIS repo and the development version from debian-nightly. I've
never actually done this with ubuntu/debian but I do the equivalent on
Arch Linux. For ubuntu you would do something like:

mkdir ~/build
cd ~/build
sudo apt-get build-dep gdal
apt-get source gdal
cd gdal-1.10.0 # or whatever directory it unpacks...
nano debian/rules
##edit file to include the necessary --with-FileGDB and --with-MrSID
lines and cd back to the main package directory and build the package:
cd ..
dpkg-buildpackage -us -uc -nc

install the packages with something along the lines of
sudo dpkg -i gdal*

Assuming that worked, you would then probably want to put a hold on
gdal so it doesn't get updated and lose your customizations.

disclaimer: I have never tried this with ubuntu, but that appears to
be the general flow from a little bit of googling.


On Tue, Mar 11, 2014 at 12:45 PM, Bernd Vogelgesang
<bernd.vogelgesang at gmx.de> wrote:
> Thanx Remi for bringing this up ... I didn't dare to ...
> The problem with compiling the dev version imho is, that you will have to
> recompile it permanently if you are trying to be of any help with bug
> tracking, am I right? (Haven't compiled anything yet, cause I don't get rid
> of the knots in my brain)
> On the other hand, to use QGIS "professionaly", I need GDAL with FGDB and
> MrSID support, so I will have to compile GDAL myself beforehand.
> But wanting to use it for work, I better not use the master version but the
> stable.
> So, as I see it, it would be much better to compile the stable version and
> then get the master version for the candies and the testing from
> debian-nightly.
> But all guidelines propose it the other way round, which I do not really
> understand ...
> Said this, when I want to compile the stable version instead of the master,
> but with a "handmade" GDAL, is there any way to take benefit from the
> ubuntugis-unstable repository (things I can install beforehand and then
> disabling the repository again)?
> As I said, I have knots in my brain on this and never managed to have a nice
> and easy environment on Ubuntu as I have with Windows (which is saaaad....)
> Can someone help me with the surgery?
> Cheers
> Bernd
> Am 11.03.2014 17:59, schrieb Alex Mandel:
> The only non-compile way I can think of on an Ubuntu box would be to run
> a virtual machine. Otherwise you have to compile to avoid package
> manager conflicts.
> So up to you which is more time/hassle to setup.
> Enjoy,
> Alex
> On 03/10/2014 01:26 PM, Etienne Tourigny wrote:
> AFAIK, you have to build your own version (preferrably master) with a
> different install prefix (e.g. /home/softdev/), and when you want to use
> that version you need to add relevant paths to PATH and LD_LIBRARY_PATH.
> I have a shell function that sets this up on demand:
> setup_softdev()
> {
> export SOFT_PREFIX=/home/softdev
> export LD_LIBRARY_PATH="/home/softdev/lib"
> export LIBRARY_PATH=/home/softdev/lib
> export LD_RUN_PATH=/home/softdev/lib
> export PATH=/home/softdev/bin:$PATH
> export CPLUS_INCLUDE_PATH=/home/softdev/include
> export C_INCLUDE_PATH=/home/softdev/include
> export CPPFLAGS=-I/home/softdev/include
> export PYTHONPATH=/home/softdev/lib/python2.7/site-packages/
> export GDAL_DATA=/home/softdev/share/gdal
> }
> export -f setup_softdev
> On Mon, Mar 10, 2014 at 5:19 PM, Rémi Bovard <remi.bovard at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi list,
> I'm wondering if there is there a simple way to run stable and master
> versions of QGIS on Ubuntu? By simple, I mean - if possible - without
> compile QGIS from source.
> For now, as described in doc [1], I edit /etc/apt/sources.list to define
> which repository to use : http://qgis.org/debian or
> http://qgis.org/debian-nightly. But doing like this, I cannot run the two
> versions at the same time.
> Thank you in advance for your answers.
> Rémi
> [1] http://qgis.org/en/site/forusers/alldownloads.html#ubuntu
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