Here are notes on compiling gambit revision 6294 (the current latest) from the SourceForge gambit repository.

There is a problem with libtool on Ubuntu 8 and 9, that will cause the build process to fail with an error like this:

../../ libtool: ....    X--tag=CXX: command not found

The only workaround is to use an older version of libtool from Ubuntu hardy. Here is how to install it:

sudo aptitude purge libtool
sudo dpkg -i libtool_1.5.26-1ubuntu1_i386.deb

It is helpful to “pin” this package so that it won’t be automatically updated when running apt-get dist-upgrade. Edit /etc/apt/preferences (if the file doesn’t exist then just create it) and write this:

Package: libtool
Pin: version 1.5.26-1ubuntu1
Pin-Priority: 1001

This will keep libtool at version 1.5.26-1ubuntu1.

Now to install the latest version of gambit:

sudo aptitude install autoconf autotools-dev svn automake
svn co gambit
cd gambit/trunk/gambit/

The autoheader command is probably not necessary but I’m mentioning it because it’s part of the usual process to make a GNU configure script.

Now make and install as usual:

$ ./configure --prefix=$HOME/gambit
$ make
$ make install

To run gambit add these lines to $HOME/.bashrc:

export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=$HOME/gambit/lib/
export PATH=$PATH:$HOME/gambit/bin/

Open a terminal and run gambit.