Introduction to Gsl

The GNU Scientific Library (GSL) is a numerical library for C and C++ programmers. It provides a wide range of mathematical routines such as random number generators, special functions and least-squares fitting.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS 12.1 platform.

Package Information

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  • Estimated build time: 1.2 SBU (Using parallelism=4; with tests, without docs)

Gsl Dependencies



Installation of Gsl

Install Gsl by running the following commands:

./configure --prefix=/usr --disable-static &&

If you have sphinx_rtd_theme-2.0.0 installed, build the documentation with:

make html

To test the results, issue: make check.

Now, as the root user:

make install

If you built the documentation, install it (as root) with:

mkdir                   /usr/share/doc/gsl-2.7.1 &&
cp -R doc/_build/html/* /usr/share/doc/gsl-2.7.1

Command Explanations

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


Installed Programs: gsl-config, gsl-histogram, and gsl-randist
Installed Libraries: and
Installed Directory: /usr/include/gsl and /usr/share/doc/gsl-2.7.1

Short Descriptions


is a shell script to get the version number and compiler flags of the installed Gsl library


is a demonstration program for the GNU Scientific Library that computes a histogram from data taken from stdin


is a demonstration program for the GNU Scientific Library that generates random samples from various distributions

contains functions that implement a C interface to Basic Linear Algebra Subprograms

contains functions that provide a collection of numerical routines for scientific computing