Introduction to Kdelibs

This package includes programs and libraries that are central to the development and execution of a KDE program, as well as internationalization files for these libraries, miscellaneous HTML documentation, theme modules and regression tests.

Package Information

Kdelibs Dependencies





LibTIFF-3.8.2, Aspell-0.60.4, CUPS-1.2.7, OpenLDAP-2.3.27, ALSA-1.0.13, Heimdal-0.7.2 or MIT Kerberos V5-1.6, OpenEXR, JasPer, Lua (version < 5.1), mDNSResponder, LibThai, Hspell, libacl (requires libattr), Graphviz-2.8, and Doxygen-1.4.6

User Notes: http://wiki.linuxfromscratch.org/blfs/wiki/kdelibs

Installation of Kdelibs

Install kdelibs with:

./configure --prefix=$KDE_PREFIX \
            --sysconfdir=/etc/kde \
            --disable-debug \
            --disable-dependency-tracking &&


If you wish to create the API documentation and you have Doxygen and Graphviz installed, make apidox must be done before make install. This applies to all packages which can utilize Doxygen.

The make apidox command generates a lot of errors and warnings. In some cases it complains that Helvetica fonts are missing and substitutes a font that does not fit boxes properly. You can add the font by downloading the URW Fonts and unpacking them into ~/.fonts. fc-cache should also be run to update the font properties on your system.

The documents generated are HTML and are found in $KDE_PREFIX/share/doc/HTML/en/kdelibs-apidocs.

This package does not come with a test suite that works with GCC-4.0.3.

Now, as the root user:

make install

Command Explanations

--prefix=$KDE_PREFIX: This option tells the process to install the package in $KDE_PREFIX.

--disable-debug: This option causes the package to be compiled without debugging code.

--disable-dependency-tracking: This option speeds up one time builds.

--sysconfdir=/etc/kde: This option places configuration files in compliance with the Filesystem Hierarchy Standard. If you omit this parameter, the configuration files will be placed in $KDE_PREFIX/etc which may be desirable if you have multiple versions of KDE installed.

Run-Time Dependencies

The KDE libraries access other programs at run time. One additional package that has not been mentioned already is pmount. This enables auto-mounting of hotplugged devices at /media/[device_name] for any user without any fstab modification. It is needed to enable the full integration of KDE with HAL-


Installed Programs: Numerous KDE support programs: artsmessage, checkXML, cupsdconf, cupsdoprint, dcop, dcopclient, dcopfind, dcopidl, dcopidl2cpp, dcopidlng, dcopobject, dcopquit, dcopref, dcopserver, dcopserver_shutdown, dcopstart, filesharelist, fileshareset, imagetops, kab2kabc, kaddprinterwizard, kbuildsycoca, kcmshell, kconf_update, kconfig_compiler, kcookiejar, kde-config, kde-menu, kded, kdeinit, kdeinit_shutdown, kdeinit_wrapper, kdesu_stub, kdontchangethehostname, kdostartupconfig, kfile, kfmexec, kgrantpty, khotnewstuff, kinstalltheme, kio_http_cache_cleaner, kio_uiserver, kioexec, kioslave, klauncher, kmailservice, kpac_dhcp_helper, ksendbugmail, kshell, kstartupconfig, ksvgtopng, ktelnetservice, ktradertest, kunittestmodrunner, kwrapper, lnusertemp, make_driver_db_cups, make_driver_db_lpr, makekdewidgets, meinproc, and preparetips
Installed Libraries: Numerous KDE libraries and helper modules
Installed Directories: /etc/kde and the following subdirectories of $KDE_PREFIX/: include/{dnssd, dom, kabc, kate, kdeprint, kdesu, khexedit, kio, kjs, kmdi, kmediaplayer, knewstuff, kparts, kresources, ksettings, kspell2, ktexteditor, kunittest, libkmid}, lib/kde3, and share/{applications, apps, autostart, config, doc, emoticons, icons, mimelnk, services}

Short Descriptions

KDE Support Programs

are essential support programs needed by other KDE applications.

KDE Libraries

contain essential functions that are needed by KDE applications.

The number of programs and libraries installed by kdelibs prohibits an explanation of each one in this section. Instead, see the KDE Documentation.

Last updated on 2007-02-14 17:40:25 -0600