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Extracted from the documentation:
See also the generic INSTALL file for configure options
1.What is the process to compile libxml ?
As most UNIX libraries libxml follows the "standard":
gunzip -c xxx.tar.gz | tar xvf -
cd libxml-xxxx
./configure --help
to see the options, then the compilation/installation proper
./configure [possible options]
make install
At that point you may have to rerun ldconfig or similar utility to
update your list of installed shared libs.
At this point you can check that the library is properly functionning
by running
make tests
2.What other libraries are needed to compile/install libxml ?
Libxml does not requires any other library, the normal C ANSI API
should be sufficient (please report any violation to this rule you
may find).
However if found at configuration time libxml will detect and use
the following libs:
libz: a highly portable and available widely compression library
iconv: a powerful character encoding conversion library. It's
included by default on recent glibc libraries, so it doesn't
need to be installed specifically on linux. It seems it's
now part of the official UNIX specification. Here is one
implementation of the library which source can be found here.
3.make tests may fail on some platforms
Sometime the regression tests results don't completely match the
value produced by the parser, and the makefile uses diff to print
the delta. On some platforms the diff return breaks the compilation
process, if the diff is small this is probably not a serious problem