I have been trying to install Avogadro 1.2 in ubuntu 16.4 I followed all the steps and installed all missing dependencies and finally end up with this error while compiling: cmake ../ and make command step according to the installation file instruction.

I have tried different versions of avogadro from their own site from github all endup same error. I have also removed eigen3 and installed eigen2 version but same problem.

But it works fine in ubuntu bionic bcoz it is default package. https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/avogadro/1.2.0-4build1

So if anyone guide me with installing from the above link or fix the below error then im happy.

surya@surya-Inspiron-N5010:~/avogadro-master/build$ make
[  0%] Generating moc_elementcolor.cxx
Scanning dependencies of target elementcolor
[  0%] Building CXX object libavogadro/src/colors/CMakeFiles/elementcolor.dir/elementcolor.cpp.o
In file included from /usr/local/include/openbabel-2.0/openbabel/atom.h:33:0,
                 from /usr/local/include/openbabel-2.0/openbabel/mol.h:42,
                 from /home/surya/avogadro-master/libavogadro/src/colors/elementcolor.cpp:31:
/usr/local/include/openbabel-2.0/openbabel/base.h:287:68: warning: unused parameter ‘replaceNewlines’ [-Wunused-parameter]
       virtual const char  *GetTitle(bool UNUSED(replaceNewlines) = true) const { return "";}
[  1%] Building CXX object libavogadro/src/colors/CMakeFiles/elementcolor.dir/moc_elementcolor.cxx.o
[  1%] Linking CXX static library elementcolor.a
[  1%] Built target elementcolor
[  1%] Generating ui_bsdysettingswidget.h
[  1%] Generating moc_bsdyengine.cxx
Scanning dependencies of target bsdyengine
[  1%] Building CXX object libavogadro/src/engines/CMakeFiles/bsdyengine.dir/bsdyengine.cpp.o
In file included from /usr/local/include/openbabel-2.0/openbabel/atom.h:33:0,
                 from /usr/local/include/openbabel-2.0/openbabel/mol.h:42,
                 from /home/surya/avogadro-master/libavogadro/src/engines/bsdyengine.cpp:39:
/usr/local/include/openbabel-2.0/openbabel/base.h:287:68: warning: unused parameter ‘replaceNewlines’ [-Wunused-parameter]
       virtual const char  *GetTitle(bool UNUSED(replaceNewlines) = true) const { return "";}
[  1%] Building CXX object libavogadro/src/engines/CMakeFiles/bsdyengine.dir/moc_bsdyengine.cxx.o
In file included from /home/surya/avogadro-master/build/libavogadro/include/avogadro/primitivelist.h:29:0,
                 from /home/surya/avogadro-master/build/libavogadro/include/avogadro/engine.h:37,
                 from /home/surya/avogadro-master/build/libavogadro/src/engines/../../../../libavogadro/src/engines/bsdyengine.h:29,
                 from /home/surya/avogadro-master/build/libavogadro/src/engines/moc_bsdyengine.cxx:9:
/home/surya/avogadro-master/build/libavogadro/include/avogadro/primitive.h:42:23: warning: ‘Avogadro::FALSE_ID’ defined but not used [-Wunused-variable]
   const unsigned long FALSE_ID = std::numeric_limits<unsigned long>::max();
[  1%] Linking CXX static library bsdyengine.a
[  1%] Built target bsdyengine
[  1%] Generating qrc_navigatetool.cxx
[  1%] Generating moc_navigatetool.cxx
[  1%] Generating ui_navigatesettingswidget.h
Scanning dependencies of target navigatetool
[  2%] Building CXX object libavogadro/src/tools/CMakeFiles/navigatetool.dir/navigatetool.cpp.o
[  2%] Building CXX object libavogadro/src/tools/CMakeFiles/navigatetool.dir/eyecandy.cpp.o
In file included from /home/surya/avogadro-master/build/libavogadro/include/avogadro/painter.h:33:0,
                 from /home/surya/avogadro-master/libavogadro/src/tools/eyecandy.cpp:30:
/home/surya/avogadro-master/build/libavogadro/include/avogadro/primitive.h:42:23: warning: ‘Avogadro::FALSE_ID’ defined but not used [-Wunused-variable]
   const unsigned long FALSE_ID = std::numeric_limits<unsigned long>::max();
[  2%] Building CXX object libavogadro/src/tools/CMakeFiles/navigatetool.dir/moc_navigatetool.cxx.o
[  2%] Building CXX object libavogadro/src/tools/CMakeFiles/navigatetool.dir/qrc_navigatetool.cxx.o
[  2%] Linking CXX static library navigatetool.a
[  2%] Built target navigatetool
[  2%] Generating libavogadro_sv.qm
lconvert: could not exec '/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/qt4/bin/lconvert': No such file or directory
libavogadro/src/CMakeFiles/avogadro.dir/build.make:486: recipe for target 'libavogadro/src/libavogadro_sv.qm' failed
make[2]: *** [libavogadro/src/libavogadro_sv.qm] Error 1
CMakeFiles/Makefile2:148: recipe for target 'libavogadro/src/CMakeFiles/avogadro.dir/all' failed
make[1]: *** [libavogadro/src/CMakeFiles/avogadro.dir/all] Error 2
Makefile:149: recipe for target 'all' failed
make: *** [all] Error 2
  • (Without looking at the code, so there may be other build issues at play here.) Turn off the Wunused-variable compiler warning, or fix the source so it doesn't use that variable. – jdv Dec 13 '18 at 19:12
  • What does ls -l /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/qt4/bin/lconvert show? – waltinator Dec 13 '18 at 19:32
  • @waltinator this command line shows it doesnot exist. but i already installed qt4 I ran qmake -version command it displays the following output surya@Inspiron:~$ qmake -version QMake version 2.01a Using Qt version 4.8.7 in /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu – user3241355 Dec 14 '18 at 9:40

You can see revisions of this answer to get confirmation that 1.2 version does not compile on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS because of problems with OpenBabel functions and related dependencies.

So we consider to use schroot mechanism. It will create small 18.04 LTS system inside your existing 16.04 LTS system. Both will use the same filesystem.

To setup schroot you need to execute the following commands (just copy and paste them):

sudo apt-get install schroot debootstrap -y

cat <<EOF | sudo tee /etc/schroot/chroot.d/bionic.conf
description=Ubuntu 18.04

sudo mkdir -p /srv/chroot/bionic
sudo debootstrap bionic /srv/chroot/bionic

cat <<EOF | sudo tee /srv/chroot/bionic/etc/apt/sources.list
deb http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu bionic main restricted universe multiverse
deb http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu bionic-security main restricted universe multiverse

schroot -c bionic -u root apt-get update
schroot -c bionic -u root apt-get install avogadro

To run Avogardo 1.2 from terminal you need to run:

schroot -c bionic env DISPLAY=:0.0 avogadro

Optionally you can create Avogadro.desktop file for it and place it on Desktop:

cat <<EOF > ~/Desktop/Avogadro.desktop
[Desktop Entry]
GenericName=Advanced molecular editor
Comment=Molecular Graphics and Modelling System
Exec=schroot -c bionic env DISPLAY=:0.0 avogadro

chmod +x ~/Desktop/Avogadro.desktop

And enjoy the application:

Avogadro 1.2 on 16.04 LTS

  • The OP needs a specific version that is only packaged on later versions of Ubuntu. – jdv Dec 13 '18 at 21:00
  • I will try this, the objective to install it is there is a quantum software ORCA that can only be analyzed using 1.2 version. – user3241355 Dec 14 '18 at 8:36
  • I dont want to upgrade to bionic bcoz it makes my laptop really slow and EPSON printer driver issue was there :( – user3241355 Dec 14 '18 at 8:39
  • Updated and tested answer with schroot method (you will have Avogadro 1.2 on 16.04 LTS). – N0rbert Dec 14 '18 at 9:19
  • 1
    That's a nice trick I may use myself. – jdv Dec 14 '18 at 22:37
walt@bat:~(1)$ apt-cache search lconvert
libv4l-0 - Collection of video4linux support libraries
libv4l-dev - Collection of video4linux support libraries (development files)
libv4lconvert0 - Video4linux frame format conversion library
qt4-dev-tools - Qt 4 development tools
addresses-goodies-for-gnustep - Personal Address Manager for GNUstep (Goodies)

Do you need to install some of these packages?

  • Yeah after installing the following dependency it worked but some options where not there and its extremely slow. I tried to compile with orig version it didnot work. It worked only with git cloned version. I think problem is while making cmake. It failed to create config.h link file in src folder. That problem is not there with git clone version – user3241355 Dec 14 '18 at 11:16
  • suod apt-get install libv4l-0 266 sudo apt-get install libv4l-dev 267 sudo apt-get install libavogadro1 268 sudo apt-get install libv4lconvert0 sudo apt-get install dev-sip sudo apt-get install sip sudo apt-get install sip-dev sudo apt-get install doxygen sudo apt-get install docbook sudo apt-get install qt4-dev-tools sudo cmake – user3241355 Dec 14 '18 at 11:21

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