Building on Ubuntu 11.10
These are the steps I needed to take before building VisIt on Ubuntu 11.10 with the default (gcc 4.6) compiler.
On my system this runs with hardware accelerated OpenGL. I used the NVIDIA 290.10 driver; note you need to blacklist the nouveau driver to get the NVIDIA driver to install properly. I did need to install the mesa-utils package, but this does not replace any of the hardware acceleration; it's only for some of the extra OpenGL-related support libraries.
To build visit and the support libraries, I installed these packages (and any dependencies they required):
I also installed these, though none of them strictly to get visit to build, so I doubt you need any of them (though some sort of MPI is necessary if you want to build a parallel version of VisIt, of course):
You can run build_visit to compile 3rd party libraries and ultimately build VisIt. While the default mode is graphical, there is a --console mode that can build it all from the command line. A set of commands to build the code looks something like this:
cd mkdir visit cd visit wget http://portal.nersc.gov/svn/visit/trunk/releases/2.5.2/build_visit2_5_2 chmod 700 build_visit2_5_2 mkdir thirdparty_shared ./build_visit2_5_2 --console --thirdparty-path `pwd`/thirdparty_shared