Ideally, all I should have to do to install OpenSCAD is type
sudo apt-get install openscadat the prompt. However, when I did that, I got an error message that the libcgal8 part could not be found. I found an internet page that explains how to installed libcgal8. I tried the easy part of simply running
sudo apt-get install libcgal8That did not work either. It said something about missing files.
The web page above said to make sure that the multiverse repository is enabled. Here is a page that talks about adding repositories to the sources.list file. I edited the /etc/apt/sources.list file and added the last two lines shown below in green.
## N.B. software from this repository is ENTIRELY UNSUPPORTED by the Ubuntu## team. Also, please note that software in universe WILL NOT receive any## review or updates from the Ubuntu security team.deb http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ precise universedeb http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ precise-updates universe## 19 Jan 2014. Added multiverse lines. ksb.deb http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ precise multiversedeb http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ precise-updates multiverse
Next, I executed
sudo apt-get update
A number of things were installed. So, it must be looking at the multiverse repository now. The next command to run was
sudo apt-get install libcgal8
This time, it worked. Just to keep things tidy, I ran
sudo apt-get autoremove
Six programs were removed. Finally, I executed
sudo apt-get install openscad
This worked as well.
Phew! That was too much work. On a side note, I never would have been able to do this 10 years ago. Linux and its documentation have really matured. I wonder if I could have done all this through the GUI...
Here is the "hello world" drawing in open scad. OpenSCAD works as well. PTL!
I tried opening my dxf file using the command Pete Prodehl, self-proclaimed expert, shared with me
linear_extrude(height = 10, center = true) import("./Things/ToolHolder.dxf");
but it did not work. Well, at least it did not display anything. I did not get any errors. I'll have to make sure the dxf file is in the correct format and try again. Progress is progress.