liblouisxml on arch?

John J. Boyer john.boyer at
Wed Mar 14 12:52:36 UTC 2012

I am the lead developer of liblouis, liblouisxml and liblouisutdml 

Please stop using liblouisxml It is deprecated. Please use liblouisutdml 
instead. You can find recent versions of both liblouis and liblouisutdml 
at It is best to use the most recent 
version of liblouis with liblouisutdml.

On Wed, Mar 14, 2012 at 07:08:53AM -0400, aerospace1028 at wrote:
> Greetings,
> I couldn't find liblouisxml (or xml2brl) in the standard archlinux repositories or the A.U.R. so I started a buildscript to make it myself.
> I ran into a slight problem.
> I used "configure --prefix=/usr --sysconfdir=/etc" and everything built and makepkg installed the resulting package.  But the program can not find the 
> liblouisxml configuration files (stored in the standard /usr/share/liblouisxml/lbx_files) or the liblouis tables (found in /usr/share/liblouis/tables/).  
> Liblouis was a dependency for orca or something, so I already had the archlinux package installed.
> The error messages I get when trying to run xml2brl are:
> $ xml2brl latex.txt
> Can't find configuration file canonical.cfg
> Can't find configuration file default.cfg
> $ xml2brl -f /usr/share/liblouisxml/lbx_files/default.cfg latex.txt
> canonical.cfg:41: Table en-us-g2.ctb cannot be found.
> canonical.cfg:42: Table en-us-g1.ctb cannot be found.
> canonical.cfg:43: Table en-us-compbrl.ctb cannot be found.
> canonical.cfg:44: Table en-us-g2.ctb cannot be found.
> canonical.cfg:45: Table nemeth.ctb cannot be found.
> canonical.cfg:46: Table nemeth_edit.ctb cannot be found.
> canonical.cfg:47: Table en-us-interline.ctb cannot be found.
> default.cfg:10: Table en-us-g2.ctb,corrections.ctb cannot be found.
> default.cfg:14: Table en-us-comp8.ctb cannot be found.
> I tried setting the environment variables LIBLOUIS_TABLES_PATH and LBX_PATH to their corrisponding locations, but without any success.
> Does anyone know how to get liblouisxml to build correctly and link to the default config/table files?
> Or, is there an xml2brl implimentation already hidden in archlinux somewhere I don't realize?
> Thank you:-) 		 	   		  
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John J. Boyer; President, Chief Software Developer
Abilitiessoft, Inc.
Madison, Wisconsin USA
Developing software for people with disabilities

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