Binaries and Build Scripts

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Purpose of this page

To provide information on the various distributions that have already included RKWard or for which simple build instructions / scripts exist. Obviously, packages do not exist for all common distributions, yet, and some packages are outdated. Instructions on building from source are available: General_FAQ#Compiling_and_installing.


RKWard is now included in the official debian distribution. RKWard is currently available for debian unstable and debian testing (etch). Due to the nature of the debian release cycle, inclusion in the stable archive will take more time, and debian stable will typically not contain the most recent version of RKWard.

More up to date packages will be made available. The following apt-lines (add to /etc/apt/sources.list) may be of interest to you:

# the latest source packages for all debian distributions

deb-src ./

# backports of the most recent releases to debian stable (currently i386 only)

deb sarge/


An ebuild seems to be maintained here:

This seems to be the main site:

This is currently at version 0.3.7pre1, i.e. pretty outdated. Still, the build scripts will probably work with newer versions, too.

Another ebuild is available, here:

This is at version 0.4.0 at the time of this writing.

It looks like version 0.4.7 has now been included in the official gentoo portage tree: . Somebody with knowledge of gentoo, please update this section, accordingly.


Using layman for managing overlays:

Add either the science or the sunrise overlay and unmask it:


# layman -a science
# echo "sci-mathematics/rkward" >> /etc/portage/package.unmask
# echo "sci-mathematics/rkward" >> /etc/portage/package.keywords


# layman -a sunrise
# echo "sci-misc/rkward" >> /etc/portage/package.unmask
# echo "sci-misc/rkward" >> /etc/portage/package.keywords

Emerge it:

# emerge -av rkward

In case of a digestion error, use the ebuild command:

# science-overlay: ebuild /usr/local/portage/layman/science/sci-mathematics/rkward/rkward-*.ebuild digest
# sunrise-overlay: ebuild /usr/local/portage/layman/sunrise/sci-misc/rkward/rkward-*.ebuild digest

Also check out for fresh ebuilds.


The FreeBSD port is typically updated very quickly for new releases of RKWard, and hence almost always up to date. Information on the port is available here:

Core instructions provided on that site:

To install the port: cd /usr/ports/math/rkward/ && make install clean

To add the package: pkg_add -r rkward


Detlef Steuer has prepared packages for SUSE: . Packages are available for SUSE >= 10.0.

This is at version 0.4.7 at the time of this writing, i.e. up to date.


A package is available here:

This is at version 0.4.5 at the time of this writing.


A slackware package of RKWard 0.3.5 (i.e. outdated!) is available here: (Italian)


A package is available here. At 0.4.7 at the time of this writing, i.e. up to date (and generally updated fairly quickly):


The current released package for Mandriva seems to be at 0.3.6:

Source rpm for 2007.0

i586 binary rpm for 2007.0

sparc binary rpm for 2007.0

Seek the latest packages with rpmfind.

However, an up to date package seems to be in the making:

Somebody with knowledge on Mandriva, please correct / add information, on where binary packages can be found.

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