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JBrowse Troubleshooting

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This page collects solutions to problems that people sometimes encounter when installing JBrowse.

Installing prerequisites - libpng, zlib, libgd, etc

JBrowse requires a few fundamental prerequisites that it cannot install itself: these are libpng, zlib, libgd, make, a C compiler, and a C++ compiler.

Linux - Ubuntu / Debian

These commands, or similar, should install what you need:

 sudo apt-get install build-essential libpng-dev zlib1g-dev libgd2-xpm-dev

Linux - Red Hat / Fedora / CentOS

These commands, or similar, should install what you need:

 sudo yum groupinstall "Development Tools"
 sudo yum install libpng-devel gd-devel zlib-devel perl-ExtUtils-MakeMaker

Mac OS X

Use MacPorts, Fink, Homebrew, or another package manager to install a C++ compiler, libpng development headers, GD development headers, and Zlib development headers.

Other Problems

If nothing on this page helps you, try emailing the JBrowse mailing list.

The setup script creates a file called setup.log, contains detailed information on your installation. Email with a request for support, and attach your setup.log file to the email. Please do not put the setup.log file directly in the email body.

As more users try and report problems to the mailing list, this wiki will be updated with fixes for common problems they encounter.