The PolyBoRi Team:
Michael Brickenstein (MFO), firstname.lastname@example.org
Alexander Dreyer (ITWM), email@example.com
PolyBoRi is a joint project of the following institutions
* Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach (MFO),
* University of Kaiserslautern, Department of Mathematics,
Algebra, Geometry and Computer Algebra Group,
Kaiserslautern, Germany, and
* Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics (ITWM),
Department of System Analysis, Prognosis and Control,
With contributions of:
Ket Shcherbakova (nee Kalda), Dominik Stahl
For building the PolyBoRi framework, the following tools and libraries are
* gcc 3.3.0 or newer
* the developer's version of python 2.4, 2.5 (deprecated) or python 2.6+ (recommended)
* scons (v1.0.0 or later, recommended v1.3.0 or later)
* the developer's version of the boost library, version 1.33.1 (deprecated; for
python 2.4) or version 1.34.1 (for python 2.5+), version 1.36.1
(for unit tests; recommended) or later versions.
In particular, building PolyBoRi needs the developer's version of boost/python
unless alternative python bindings for PolyBoRi are available (e.g. via Sage).
Also, a developer's version of boost/test is needed to build the unit tests.
It is also recommended to use a recent system-wide installed developer's
version of libm4ri.
(PolyBoRi will try to download and build its own copy of libm4ri otherwise.)
In addition, for running the ipbori command line tool IPython is needed.
Changing to the build directory (where you find this README file), and typing
scons install PREFIX=/prefix/path/ PYINSTALLPREFIX=/python/path/site-packages
should be enough to build and install PolyBoRi.
PREFIX defaults to /usr/local. The standard value from PYINSTALLPREFIX is extracted from the
corresponding python executable (customizable via PYTHON).
There are several installation locations which depend on PREFIX per default,
(e.g. INSTALLDIR and DOCDIR). But those are custumizable, too. See
for more information and default values. There's also an exhaustive 'ipbori'
tutorial in the DOCDIR.
If might also be useful to add some custom setting to the file 'custom.py' in
the build directory, see the following example.
--- custom.py ---
# User variables
CFLAGS = ""
CCFLAGS = "-g -O3 -ansi --pedantic -Wno-long-long -pg"
CXXFLAGS = "$CCFLAGS -ftemplate-depth-100"
LINKFLAGS=" -Xlinker -export-dynamic -pthread -ldl -pg"
# DEFAULT_<flags> will be appended by default. State the default flags
# explicitely, if you want to append flags afterwards, e.g.
LINKFLAGS='-Ddef1 $$DEFAULT_LINKFLAGS -Ddef2'
# See also SHCFLAGS, SHCCFLAGS, SHCXXFLAGS, and SHLINKFLAGS
# means that this line is not activated.
#LIBPATH = ["/custom/lib/path1", "/custom/lib/path2"]
#CPPPATH = ["/custom/include/path1", "/custom/include/path2"]
#PBP = "python"
scons devel-install DEVEL-PREFIX=/prefix/for/usr
generates and installs PolyBoRi headers and libraries for developers.
for more infos about possible custom settings.
for making other targets by alias. Valid aliases are
build build libraries and binary interfaces to enable ipbori/ipbori
distribute gzipped source tarball
srpm, rpm generate (source)-rpm from data in pkgs/rpm
install install ipbori, PolyGUI, docs, dynamic libraries and python interface
install-devel headers and static libraries
install-docs install documentation only
install-headers install headers only
install-static install static libraries only
prepare-install build prerequisites of install
prepare-devel build prerequisites of install-devel
prepare-static build prerequisites of install-static
prepare-docs build documentation
prepare-rpm build prerequisites of rpm
dump,dump_default print useful internal information
devel-install alias for install-devel (deprecated)
deb generate debian package (depreated; use Debian/Experimantal)
prepare-debian generate debian folder from data in pkgs/debian (deprecated)
Provided that /prefix/for/executables/bin is in your path, typing
starts an IPython session with the PolyBoRi framework loaded.
For utilizing its full capabilites please use PolyBoRi via python. To simplify
embedding into C++-based software you may include the header polybori/embed.h
and use the functionality defined therein.
See testsuite/src/embedTest.cc for an extensive example.
Workaround for scons 0.96.x
Please note, that scons 0.96.x is not officially supported anymore, so the
following may be out of date
The currently used CFLAGS/CCFLAGS/CXXFLAGS mechanism was introduced in the 0.97
branch of scons. Using a version from the 0.96 branch CCFLAGS must contain all
flags for the C-compiler, while CXXFLAGS has to carry all flags for CXX.
These settings may be changed using the file custom.py described above. One has
to add the following lines:
CXXFLAGS = "-O3 -std=c++98 -ftemplate-depth-100"
CCFLAGS = "-O3 -std=c99"
Alternatively, one can append the following lines to custom.py:
CXXFLAGS += " " + CCFLAGS
CCFLAGS += " $CFLAGS"
Sun Studio compiler
We recommend to use gcc for compiling PolyBoRi, but compiling with Sun STudio's
C++ in principle possible (albeit untested) with the following settings:
Also CPPPATH, LIBPATH and PYTHON might be adjusted to use library/binaries, which
are compatible with the stlport4 option.
In the main directory generate a file custom.py with the following content:
BOOST_PYTHON = 'boost_python-mt'
BOOST_TEST = 'boost_unit_test_framework-mt'
HAVE_L2H = False
HAVE_HEVEA = False
HAVE_TEX4HT = False
DEVEL_LIB_PREFIX = '$EPREFIX' # dlls needs to be placed here?
See also: Singular/README