FWTools on Linux (Experimental 3.x)


Tradionally I offered a 32bit linux FWTools build including OpenEV, GDAL, and MapServer. I ceased production of this circa 2008 as the build machine died and I was not practically able to reconstitute the environment on a new system. In 2010, with support from the USGS, I am reviving a new but more modest generation of FWTools for Linux. The goals are:

OpenEV will be dropped from FWTools even though I still love it. It is built on archaic technologies too hard to distribute. MapServer will not be initially included, but I might add it if there is interest.


For now during this experimental phase binaries can be downloaded from http://home.gdal.org/fwtools:


Just unpack, run the install.sh script in the new directory, and then add the bin_safe directory to your path.


% tar xzvf FWTools-linux-x86_64-3.0.1.tar.gz
% cd FWTools-linux-x86_64-3.0.1
% ./install.sh
If you use Bash as your shell add the following to your startup script (ie. ~/.bash_profile):

or if you use csh or tcsh as your shell add the following to your .cshrc:

setenv PATH $PATH:$HOME/FWTools-linux-x86_64-3.0.1/bin_safe
Alternatively you can source either the fwtools_env.sh or fwtools_env.csh from the FWTools directory to incorporate the environment directly into the current shell environment.

How FWTools is Built

The build scripts and information on how FWTools is built is available by anonymous CVS.

cvs -d :pserver:cvsanon@cvs.maptools.org:/cvs/maptools/cvsroot login
(use empty password)

cvs -d :pserver:cvsanon@cvs.maptools.org:/cvs/maptools/cvsroot fwtools/linuxdist
cd fwtools/linuxdist


During this experimental phase, please feel free to provide feedback directly to me at warmerdam@pobox.com.