Introduction to OpenSP

The OpenSP package contains a C++ library for using SGML/XML files. This is useful for validating, parsing and manipulating SGML and XML documents.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-8.3 platform.

Package Information

OpenSP Dependencies





User Notes:

Installation of OpenSP

Install OpenSP by running the following commands:

sed -i 's/32,/253,/' lib/Syntax.cxx &&
sed -i 's/LITLEN          240 /LITLEN          8092/' \
    unicode/{,unicode.syn} &&

./configure --prefix=/usr                              \
            --disable-static                           \
            --disable-doc-build                        \
            --enable-default-catalog=/etc/sgml/catalog \
            --enable-http                              \
            --enable-default-search-path=/usr/share/sgml &&

make pkgdatadir=/usr/share/sgml/OpenSP-1.5.2

To test the results, issue: make check. As many as nine of the 23 tests may fail. Do not be alarmed.

Now, as the root user:

make pkgdatadir=/usr/share/sgml/OpenSP-1.5.2 \
     docdir=/usr/share/doc/OpenSP-1.5.2      \
     install &&

ln -v -sf onsgmls   /usr/bin/nsgmls   &&
ln -v -sf osgmlnorm /usr/bin/sgmlnorm &&
ln -v -sf ospam     /usr/bin/spam     &&
ln -v -sf ospcat    /usr/bin/spcat    &&
ln -v -sf ospent    /usr/bin/spent    &&
ln -v -sf osx       /usr/bin/sx       &&
ln -v -sf osx       /usr/bin/sgml2xml &&
ln -v -sf /usr/lib/

Command Explanations

sed -i 's/32,/253,/...unicode.syn}: These seds prevent some annoying messages that may otherwise appear while running openjade.

--disable-static: This switch prevents installation of static versions of the libraries.

--enable-http: This switch adds support for HTTP.

--disable-doc-build: This switch prevents the configure script checking if you have xmlto installed. If you have xmlto, you can remove this option.

--enable-default-catalog=/etc/sgml/catalog: This switch sets the path to the centralized catalog.

--enable-default-search-path: This switch sets the default value of SGML_SEARCH_PATH.

--enable-xml-messages: This switch adds support for XML Formatted Messages.

make pkgdatadir=/usr/share/sgml/OpenSP-1.5.2: This sets the pkgdatadir variable in the Makefile from /usr/share/OpenSP to /usr/share/sgml/OpenSP-1.5.2.

ln -v -sf ...: These commands create the SP equivalents of OpenSP executables and libraries.


Installed Programs: onsgmls, osgmlnorm, ospam, ospcat, ospent, osx, and the SP equivalent symlinks: nsgmls, sgml2xml, sgmlnorm, spam, spcat, spent, and sx
Installed Library: and the SP equivalent symlink:
Installed Directories: /usr/include/OpenSP, /usr/share/doc/OpenSP, and /usr/share/sgml/OpenSP-1.5.2

Short Descriptions


is used to process SGML files.


prints on the standard output a normalized document instance for the SGML document contained in the concatenation of the entities with system identifiers .nf and .fi.


is a markup stream editor.


prints effective system identifiers found in the catalogs.


provides access to OpenSP's entity manager.


is an SGML normalizer or used to convert SGML files to XML files.


is a symlink to onsgmls.


is a symlink to osx.


is a symlink to osgmlnorm.


is a symlink to ospam.


is a symlink to ospcat.


is a symlink to ospent.


is a symlink to osx.

contains functions required by the OpenSP programs to parse, validate and manipulate SGML and XML files.

is a symlink to

Last updated on 2018-08-14 19:28:50 -0700