I have moved some web hosting to Dreamhost (very pleased, by the way) but one irritation is the lack of all of the
libxml2 tools. In particular, the fact that
xsltproc is not installed.
Derived from these excellent instructions on Installing an XSLT processor, here are the instructions for creating a version of xsltproc for use on DreamHost. Get the latest sources from ftp://xmlsoft.org/libxslt/. The trick is that Dreamhost has libxml2 available in /usr/lib and they have an old version – not just any xsltproc source will work. On November 18, 2007, /usr/lib/libxml2 in Dreamhost was version 2.6.16. Looking at the ftp dir listing at xmlsoft.org I discover that 2.6.16 sources were distributed on 11/10/2004. Looking down the list, I find libxslt version 1.1.12 was distributed on 10/29/2004. This is the one I want.
The following block shows the command line steps to build xsltproc.
me@hera ~> ftp xmlsoft.org Connected to xmlsoft.org. 220 (vsFTPd 2.0.1) Name (xmlsoft.org:me): anonymous 331 Please specify the password. Password: 230 Login successful. Remote system type is UNIX. Using binary mode to transfer files. ftp> binary 200 Switching to Binary mode. ftp> cd libxslt 250 Directory successfully changed. ftp> get libxslt-1.1.12.tar.gz local: libxslt-1.1.12.tar.gz remote: libxslt-1.1.12.tar.gz 200 PORT command successful. Consider using PASV. 150 Opening BINARY mode data connection for libxslt-1.1.12.tar.gz (2617274 bytes ). 226 File send OK. 2617274 bytes received in 14.93 secs (171.2 kB/s) ftp> quit 221 Goodbye. me@hera ~> tar -xzf libxslt-1.1.12.tar.gz me@hera ~> cd libxslt-1.1.12 me@hera ~/libxslt-1.1.12> ./configure ... much outout ... me@hera ~/libxslt-1.1.12> ./make ... much output ... me@hera ~/libxslt-1.1.12> cp xsltproc/xsltproc ~/bin me@hera ~/libxslt-1.1.12> cd me@hera ~> xsltproc -version Using libxml 20616, libxslt 10112 and libexslt 810 xsltproc was compiled against libxml 20616, libxslt 10112 and libexslt 810 libxslt 10112 was compiled against libxml 20616 libexslt 810 was compiled against libxml 20616 me@hera ~>
This works but be careful about trying to move the
bin/xsltproc around – it is a script and it refers back to the build directory for the libraries. If you want to move the libraries, you will edit
bin/xsltproc to point at your new location. If you don’t do anything tricky, you won’t notice this problem.