Bug #984

OS X Bundle needs gs and perhaps libgs

Added by Paul almost 5 years ago. Updated over 4 years ago.

Status:ClosedStart date:2016-10-21
Priority:NormalDue date:
Assignee:-% Done:


Target version:Candidate for next minor release
Affected version:5.x-svn Platform:


Users installing via the OS X bundle may not have external tools such as ghostscript (gs) installed on their system. Since gmt psconvert relies on this external tool it should be added to the bundle installer. If we are successful in using libgs directly then the library will need to be added instead (or as well).


#1 Updated by Joaquim almost 5 years ago

We (you) had a mail exchange with the ghostscript guys and wasn't an outcome of it that we would not be allowed (licensing-wise) to distribute any compiled libs?

#2 Updated by Paul almost 5 years ago

  • Status changed from New to Resolved

Yes, true. So we need a solution that (post-install of bundle) detects that no gs is present and instructs the user to install gs. Since we can determine which distribution the user uses (or none) we can give specific instructions I think.

#3 Updated by Joaquim almost 5 years ago

psconvert itself should be able to do this job. One of the first things it does is to check the ghost version and in this case it will obviously fail to get that.

#4 Updated by Paul almost 5 years ago

True. But better to find out when you install GMT than later when you are out at sea and you finally run psconvert and only then find out with no Internet connection to help you.

#5 Updated by Joaquim over 4 years ago

  • Status changed from Resolved to Closed

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