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How to install Xerces-C++ from source on Ubuntu PC?

Remark: This tutorial describes how to install Apache Xerces-C++ 3.1.1 from source on a Ubuntu 14.04 LTS PC, but it can be easily adapted for other versions of Xerces and/or Linux distributions.

Step 1: Create a new script

All required steps to install Xerces-C++ will be written in a script called XercesSetup.sh (assuming you do not have a file with that name in the current folder already).

To create the file write on the command line the following (excluding the “$” symbol):
$ touch XercesSetup.sh

Step 2: Install dependencies and Xerces-C++

Open the script using your favourite text editor. Assuming this is vi(m) write on the command line the following (excluding the “$” symbol):
$ vim XercesSetup.sh

Next write the contents of the script (i.e. copy and paste the text below into the script):

/scripts/blob/master/scripts/linux/XercesSetup.sh
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#!/bin/bash
 
###########################################################
#
#
# Xerces 3.1.1 setup
#
#
###########################################################
 
# Starting setup of Xerces
echo "Setting up Xerces..."
 
 
#----------------------------------------------------------
# Installing dependent packages
#----------------------------------------------------------
 
# Inform the user about the next action
echo "Installing the dependent packages build-essentials g++ gcc..."
 
# Execute the action
sudo apt-get -y install build-essentials g++ gcc
 
 
#----------------------------------------------------------
# Installing Xerces
#----------------------------------------------------------
 
# Inform the user about the next action
echo "Downloading and installing Xerces..."
 
# Constant values definitions
FOLDER_NAME="Xerces"
 
# Create a new folder for storing the source code
mkdir ${FOLDER_NAME}
 
# Change directory
cd ${FOLDER_NAME}
 
# Download source code
wget http://mirror.vorboss.net/apache//xerces/c/3/sources/xerces-c-3.1.1.tar.gz
 
# Extract archive
tar -xvzf xerces-c-3.1.1.tar.gz
 
# Change directory
cd xerces-c-3.1.1
 
# Configure Xerces for compilation
./configure
 
# Compile the project
make
 
# Install Xerces in the default location
sudo make install
 
# Return to the parent directory
cd ../../
 
# Inform user that Xerces was successfully installed
echo "Xerces was successfully installed."

The comments in the script should provide enough details to understand what each instruction does.

Step 3: Execute script

Add execution permission to the script XercesSetup.sh using the following (excluding the “$” symbol):
$ chmod +x XercesSetup.sh

Finally execute the script as below (excluding the “$” symbol):
$ ./XercesSetup.sh