Introduction to Evince

The Evince package contains a document viewer for multiple document formats. It currently supports PDF, Postscript, DjVu, TIFF and DVI. This is useful for viewing documents of various types using one simple application instead of the multiple document viewers that once existed on the GNOME Desktop.

Package Information

Evince Dependencies


libgnomeui-2.18.1, GNOME Icon Theme-2.18.0, and GNOME Doc Utils-0.10.3

Run-Time Requirement



intltool-0.35.5, GTK-Doc-1.8, libgnomeprintui-2.18.0 (only used as an alternate method for printing), LibTIFF-3.8.2, teTeX-3.0 (required to build the DVI viewer), Nautilus-2.18.3 (required to build the Nautilus plugin), Poppler-0.5.4 (required for PDF support and must be built with GTK+ support), ESP Ghostscript-8.15.4 or AFPL Ghostscript-8.53 (required for Postscript ability from Evince), DjVuLibre (required for DjVu graphics from Evince), and t1lib (required for Type1 font support in the DVI viewer)

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

Installation of Evince

Install Evince by running the following commands:

./configure --prefix=$(pkg-config --variable=prefix ORBit-2.0) \
            --sysconfdir=/etc/gnome/2.18.3 \
            --localstatedir=/var/lib \
            --mandir=$(pkg-config \
              --variable=prefix ORBit-2.0)/share/man \
            --disable-ps \
            --enable-pixbuf &&

The test suite for this package requires a functional dogtail installation. Requirements and download information can be found at http://people.redhat.com/zcerza/dogtail/. The test suite is invoked by issuing make check.

Now, as the root user:

make install

Command Explanations

--prefix=$(pkg-config --variable=prefix ORBit-2.0): Setting the prefix using this parameter instead of with $GNOME_PREFIX will ensure that the prefix is consistent with the installation environment and the package will be installed in the correct location.

--sysconfdir=/etc/gnome/2.18.3: This parameter causes the configuration files to be installed in /etc/gnome/2.18.3 instead of $GNOME_PREFIX/etc. Additionally (if applicable), the parameter ensures that the GConf-2 database is correctly updated.

--localstatedir=/var/lib: This parameter is used so that all ScrollKeeper files are installed in, and the ScrollKeeper database is properly updated in /var/lib/scrollkeeper instead of some files being installed in $GNOME_PREFIX/var/scrollkeeper.

--mandir=$(pkg-config --variable=prefix ORBit-2.0)/share/man: This parameter causes the man.(X) files to be installed in $GNOME_PREFIX/share/man/man(X) instead of $GNOME_PREFIX/man/man(X).

--disable-ps: This parameter is required if you don't have a Ghostscript package installed. Remove the parameter if you do have a Ghostscript package installed and wish to build the DVI viewer which provides Postscript support.

--enable-djvu: Use this parameter if you have the DjVuLibre package installed and you wish to build support to view DjVu graphic files.

--enable-dvi: Use this parameter if you have the teTeX package installed and you wish to build support to view DVI files.

--enable-t1lib: Use this parameter if you have the t1lib package installed and you wish to build support for Type1 fonts in the DVI viewer.


Installed Programs: evince and evince-thumbnailer
Installed Library: libevince-properties-page.{so,a} Nautilus extension
Installed Directories: $GNOME_PREFIX/share/{,gnome/help/ ,omf/}evince

Short Descriptions


is a multiple format document viewer.


is a simple program used to create thumbnail images of supported documents.

Last updated on 2008-05-09 08:00:42 -0500