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Chapter 23. Configuration Options

Parameters for Configuration (configure)

The full set of parameters available in configure can be obtained by typing

$ ./configure --help

The following parameters may be of interest to installers:

Directory and file names:
  --prefix=PREFIX         install architecture-independent files in PREFIX
                          [/usr/local/pgsql]
  --bindir=DIR            user executables in DIR [EPREFIX/bin]
  --libdir=DIR            object code libraries in DIR [EPREFIX/lib]
  --includedir=DIR        C header files in DIR [PREFIX/include]
  --mandir=DIR            man documentation in DIR [PREFIX/man]
Features and packages:
  --disable-FEATURE       do not include FEATURE (same as --enable-FEATURE=no)
  --enable-FEATURE[=ARG]  include FEATURE [ARG=yes]
  --with-PACKAGE[=ARG]    use PACKAGE [ARG=yes]
  --without-PACKAGE       do not use PACKAGE (same as --with-PACKAGE=no)
--enable and --with options recognized:
  --with-template=template
                          use operating system template file
                              see template directory
  --with-includes=incdir  site header files for tk/tcl, etc in DIR
  --with-libs=incdir      also search for libraries in DIR
  --with-libraries=libdir also search for libraries in DIR
  --enable-locale         enable locale support
  --enable-recode         enable cyrillic recode support
  --with-mb=encoding    enable multi-byte support
  --with-pgport=portnum change default startup port
  --with-tcl              use tcl
  --with-tclconfig=tcldir tclConfig.sh and tkConfig.sh are in DIR
  --with-perl             use perl
  --with-odbc             build ODBC driver package
  --with-odbcinst=odbcdir change default directory for odbcinst.ini
  --enable-cassert        enable assertion checks (debugging)
  --with-CC=compiler      use specific C compiler
  --with-CXX=compiler     use specific C++ compiler

Some systems may have trouble building a specific feature of Postgres. For example, systems with a damaged C++ compiler may need to specify --without-CXX to encourage the build procedure to ignore the libpq++ construction.