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Daniel Doubrovkine

aka dB., CTO at artsy.net, fun at playplay.io, NYC

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As always, ImageMagick is super fun after an OS upgrade. Mavericks + Ruby 2.x + RMagick failed with something very confusing today. It couldn’t find the Xext library, which is part of X11. Turns out, that was removed from Mavericks according to http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5293. Install XQuartz from http://xquartz.macosforge.org/landing and the problem goes away.

$ cat ~/.rvm/gems/ruby-2.0.0-p353@gravity/gems/rmagick-2.13.2/ext/RMagick/mkmf.log

checking for Ruby version >= 1.8.5... -------------------- yes
find_executable: checking for /usr/bin/clang... -------------------- yes
find_executable: checking for Magick-config... -------------------- yes
checking for ImageMagick version >= 6.4.9... -------------------- yes
checking for HDRI disabled version of ImageMagick... -------------------- yes
"/usr/bin/clang -o conftest
 -lMagickCore -llcms -ltiff -lfreetype -ljpeg -lXext
 -lSM -lICE -lX11 -lXt -lbz2 -lz -lm -lpthread -lltdl
 -lruby.2.0.0  -lpthread -ldl -lobjc "

ld: library not found for -lXext

clang: error: linker command failed with exit code 1 (use -v to see invocation)