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I have downloaded the icu4c-61_1-Ubuntu16.04-x64.tgz from the http://site.icu-project.org/download/61#TOC-ICU4C-Download site. I do not see any installation instruction there. In my NetBeans C/C++ 'Ant Library Manager' the button 'New Library' and other fields are inactive - inaccessible. (In the NetBeans, C debugging works.)
In the filesystem, is there a directory where the unpacked library should be placed and/or a file where the information should be added? Thanks!

  • @muru: Please consider if the icu.project.org is not worth our attention enough to get its tag, that I have proposed. In fact, I am only trying it, but their site is generally recommended for solving problems with different language text coding. I intended to describe the proposed tag later. Thanks! – Tomáš Pečený Jun 7 '18 at 6:29
  • Are the existing tags insufficient? – muru Jun 7 '18 at 6:32
  • I feel the tag 'language' as too general and 'language-support' is described as 'the language support provided by Ubuntu'. I suggested the tag 'icu' as an analogy to the tag 'gcc' . – Tomáš Pečený Jun 7 '18 at 6:43
  • And I replaced that with libraries, which is sufficiently general enough. – muru Jun 7 '18 at 6:46
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From the FAQ:

  • For other platforms, the .tgz file unpacks to a "/usr/local" type hierarchy. For system-wide installation, you can unpack all of the files into /usr/local/bin, /usr/local/include, etc.
  • The configuration script /usr/local/bin/icu-config or the similar Makefile include fragment /usr/local/lib/icu/current/Makefile.inc can be used in building applications.

To extract the archive's icu/usr/local to /usr/local:

sudo tar zxvf icu4c-61_1-Ubuntu16.04-x64.tgz -C /usr/local ./icu/usr/local --strip-components=4

The tar options:

  • -C /usr/local: to put the extracted files in /usr/local
  • ./icu/usr/local: to extract only the contents of ./icu/usr/local of from the archive (skipping the mostly useless readme.txt)
  • --strip-components=4: to extract the files, but remove the leading 4 components (./icu/usr/local) from the paths, since we're already extracting to /usr/local.

If you have used pkg-config before, icu-config seems to be a similar script.

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