Finally I have managed to build the Inkscape program. The problem was that I had to rebuild my development machine and lost all the previous installation of Inkscape.

There were lots of dependencies that I found difficult to compile and install including a particular version of Cairo that would not even get past the #>./configure stage.

So finally, with everything built, I then had to try to remember what I did to install all my fonts.

Here is what I did:

  1. Copy the font ttf files into /usr/share/fonts/ttf
  2. chmod so the mask looks like -rwxr-xr-x
  3. Run the "fc-cache -fv" command