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Shorten note and remove redundancy concerning disk space requirements
Apart from its main purpose, <tt>download_and_compile.sh</tt> can be used to find hopefully up-to-date build-dependency information for FlightGear and related software. You would do so by inspecting [https://sourceforge.net/p/flightgear/fgmeta/ci/next/tree/download_and_compile.sh the script] at the point where it installs packages.<ref name="note-inspecting-download-and-compile-sh-to-gather-build-dependency-information">Look for strings such as <tt>zlib1g-dev</tt>, <tt>libglew-dev</tt> or <tt>qt5-default</tt>.</ref>
== <span id="disk-space-requirements-and-build-time"></span> Disk space requirements and build time ==
As of April 2019, building FlightGear requires about 12 [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gibibyte GiB] of disk space. Note that this includes downloaded source code for [[SimGear]] and FlightGear, generated build files and the large [[FGData]] repository (about 6 GiB for that one).
Of course, it is always possible to make commands shorter by setting up aliases (see tips at the end of [https://sourceforge.net/p/flightgear/mailman/message/36634426/ this message]), by adding the directory containing <tt>download_and_compile.sh</tt> to your <tt>PATH</tt> or by creating a symbolink link pointing to <tt>download_and_compile.sh</tt> in a directory that is part of your <tt>PATH</tt>. This is not necessary, though; do it only if you feel the need (when enabled, persistent shell history is often enough for such things).
{{Note|The following commands should be run from an empty directory<ref name="dedicated-directory-won-t-stay-empty-forever">Well, empty before the first time; later, <tt>download_and_compile.sh</tt> is going to populate it with plenty of FlightGear files and subdirectories, of course.</ref> in a partition that has enough free space (see [[FGData]] currently takes about 5 [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gibibyte GiB] #disk-space-requirements-and you'll need several more gibibytes to download the [[SimGear-build-time | Disk space requirements and build time]] plus FlightGear sources, and build them. As of April 2019, a complete build including SimGear, FlightGear and FGData requires approximately 12 GiB of disk space). As explained in [[#getting-started-with-download-and-compile-sh-notations|Notations]], we are going to choose the directory <tt>~/flightgear/dnc-managed</tt> for this purpose, in order to express that the whole directory tree is managed by <tt>download_and_compile.sh</tt>. This is just an example; feel free to choose another directory if you want.
'''Don't run the commands from a non-dedicated directory,''' because it will be filled with files and directories created by <tt>download_and_compile.sh</tt> and the FlightGear, SimGear, etc. build systems. That would be a complete mess! In particular, ''don't'' run the commands from the directory containing your [[FGMeta]] clone.}}
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