GNOME Games-2.10.1

Introduction to GNOME Games

The GNOME Games package contains games. Starting with GNOME-2.8, the background graphics, artwork and themes for the games are supplied in a separate package. You can download the GNOME Games Extra Data package from

Package Information

GNOME Games Dependencies


libgnomeui-2.10.0, ScrollKeeper-0.3.14 and librsvg-2.9.5


Guile-1.6.7 (required to build the AisleRiot solitaire games), Howl and GOB2

Installation of GNOME Games

Some of the GNOME Games game binaries need to be setgid to track high scores. Create a separate user and group for games. See the README file in the source directory for more information:

install -v -m755 -d /var/lib/games &&
groupadd -g 60 games &&
useradd -c 'Games High Score Owner' -d /var/lib/games \
        -g games -s /bin/false -u 60 games &&
chown -v games:games /var/lib/games

Install GNOME Games by running the following commands:

./configure --prefix=`pkg-config --variable=prefix ORBit-2.0` \
    --localstatedir=/var/lib --sysconfdir=/etc/gnome &&

This package does not come with a test suite.

Now, as the root user:

make install

Command Explanations

--localstatedir=/var/lib: This switch puts ScrollKeeper files in /var/lib/scrollkeeper instead of $GNOME_PREFIX/var/scrollkeeper and also causes the programs to use /var/lib/games as the directory holding the high score files.

--sysconfdir=/etc/gnome: This switch puts configuration files in /etc/gnome instead of $GNOME_PREFIX/etc.

--disable-setgid: This will prevent the setgid bit on the executables from being set. It provides system administrators with the option to disable setgid binaries, though it also means that the functionality to save high game scores will be disabled.


Installed Programs: blackjack,, gataxx, glines, gnect, gnibbles, gnobots2, gnome-stones, gnometris, gnomine, gnotravex, gnotski, gtali, iagno, mahjongg, same-gnome, and sol
Installed Libraries: gnome-stones objects
Installed Directories: /etc/gnome/gconf/gconf.xml.defaults/apps/[game name], /etc/gnome/gconf/gconf.xml.defaults/schemas/apps/[game name], $GOME_PREFIX/lib/gnome-stones, $GOME_PREFIX/share/gnome-games, $GOME_PREFIX/share/[,help,pixmaps,sound]/[game name], $GOME_PREFIX/share/omf/gnome-games, and /var/lib/games

Short Descriptions

See the README file in the source tree for a description of each game.

Last updated on 2005-08-01 13:29:19 -0600