To install AsciiDoc on windows, get the latest version from
http://sourceforge.net/projects/asciidoc/[Sourceforge] and unzip somewhere on
your drive. Make sure the asccidoc.py file is available in your path in order
for CMake to be able to find it.
AsciiDoc cannot produce PDF output without a PDF generator which can be either
dblatex or Apache FOP. On Windows we must satisfy the PDF generator dependency
Details of how to install dblatex and FOP are included below.
po4a is a perl script and so requires PERL to be installed. If you're using a
POSIX emulation layer with package management, grab the perl package.
Outside of a POSIX emulation you'll need to grab PERL.
http://www.activestate.com/activeperl/downloads[ActivePerl] is recommended.
Install the CPAN modules which are required by po4a. After installing perl,
on the command line type:
Grab the latest po4a distribution from
https://alioth.debian.org/frs/?group_id=30267[Alioth], decompress it somewhere
on your harddrive and make sure the directory containing po4a is available in
your PATH environment variable. CMake will be able to find po4a on Windows so
long as Perl is working and po4a is in your path.
That's all there is to get po4a working on Windows; It's just used in-place.
NOTE: Be careful with any other projects you may have because PERL installs a
MinGW compiler which it uses to compile perl modules. Usually it puts this at
the start of your path so this version of the MinGW compiler becomes your
WARNING: Although dblatex support is provided for under Windows, it has only
been unsuccessfully tested, failing due to a race condition with file
permissions on successive xsltproc invocations. However, please do try it if
you can because it will probably work one day!
http://dblatex.sourceforge.net/[dblatex] has experimental support in the
project for PDF generation on Windows. However, it has not been proven to
work so currently FOP is the only **supported** PDF generator on Windows.
In order for CMake to use DBLATEX, use the following when configuring with
dblatex is currently the default PDF generator anyway, so omitting the above
will also work if you just want to build using the default tools (in future
we may change to something else, like FOP for example)
Make sure you have the latest version of python 2 installed.
Download and install http://miktex.org/download[MikTex] which provides the
latex backend for dblatex. It's recommended during install to set the "Install
packages on the fly" to yes so MikTex doesn't have to ask before installing
packages - it's a real pain when installing dblatex otherwise!! It also
appears that if you miss that setting dblatex will fail to install because of
some crashes of MikTex which then reports missing elements in the toolchain.
Download and install http://zlatkovic.com/libxml/[libxml2] which is pain.
You'll need to download and decompress all the zip files. Then, manually copy
each of the folders into a common directory so that you end up with one bin
directory and one lib directory, etc. You must then make sure the bin path of
your installation directory is added to your PATH environment variable.
Then download the latest dblatex .tar.bz2 from
Decompress the tar.bz2 somewhere and then install dbltatex:
python setup.py install
NOTE: Although CMake can find that you have dblatex installed, it's not
possible for a2x to run dblatex on windows without supplying a dblatex
executable. This can be done by placing the dblatex.cmd file from the
CMakeSupport/windows directory in your path and modifying it as necessary.
So long as the install works, CMake will be able to find dblatex in your
NOTE: This is currently the only way of building PDF documents on Windows.
It's possible to use https://xmlgraphics.apache.org/fop/[Apache FOP] for PDF
generation with AsciiDoc instead of dbaltex. Some people will prefer the
output of Apache FOP compared to dblatex. It brings with it a dependency on
a Java runtime.
In order for CMake to use FOP, use the following when configuring with CMake: