Looking for GIF library in the ports collection

Ted Mittelstaedt tedm at toybox.placo.com
Sun Apr 15 21:24:15 UTC 2007


  Go here:


install patches to GD and your ready to roll.


PS the gif patent expired in the US a while ago but the community
has a "scorched earth" approach to it - my guess is no graphics
library author will ever put gif support back in, even when every last
patent everywhere has expired, as a warning to those who might
try similar stunts in the future.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Oliver Fromme" <olli at lurza.secnetix.de>
To: "Roland Smith" <rsmith at xs4all.nl>
Cc: <freebsd-questions at freebsd.org>
Sent: Sunday, April 15, 2007 12:21 PM
Subject: Re: Looking for GIF library in the ports collection

> Roland Smith wrote:
>  > Oliver Fromme wrote:
>  > > I've written a program that generates images.  Currently
>  > > it writes them in PPM format, and I would like to add
>  > > support for GIF.  So I've looked at the ports collection
>  > > for a GIF library and found -- nothing.  The only thing
>  > > that comes close is "libungif", but it doesn't create
>  > > real compressed GIF files ...
>  >
>  > You could use the 'convert' program from the ImageMagick suite. Or use
>  > its library (libMagick) that you can link into your program.
> Thanks for the suggestion!
> Well, I already considered to fork/exec an external program
> to do the job (although I would use ppmtogif from the netpbm
> port, which seems a lot less heavy-weight than ImageMagick).
> But my program will be used to create a huge number of small
> graphics, so I would prefer to avoid the additional overhead
> of fork/exec.
> I also noticed that libMagick is 4 MB ...  I don't really
> want to link that into my 30 KB program just to get GIF
> support.
> I've just had a look at sourceforge where libungif is hosted,
> noticing that there also is a "giflib" (without "un") from
> the same author, and it has the same API and same version
> number.  Both libungif and giflib seem to be maintained in
> parallel, but the latter is missing from the FreeBSD ports
> collection.  I think I'm giving that one a try.
> Best regards
>    Oliver
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