GNOME Session-2.18.3

Introduction to GNOME Session

The GNOME Session package contains the GNOME session manager.

Package Information

GNOME Session Dependencies


GNOME Desktop-2.18.3 and Control Center-2.18.1


TCP Wrapper-7.6 and libnotify

User Notes:

Installation of GNOME Session

Install GNOME Session by running the following commands:

./configure --prefix=$(pkg-config --variable=prefix ORBit-2.0) \
            --sysconfdir=/etc/gnome/2.18.3 \
            --mandir=$(pkg-config \
                --variable=prefix ORBit-2.0)/share/man \
            --with-at-spi-registryd-directory=$(pkg-config \
               --variable=prefix ORBit-2.0)/lib/at-spi

This package does not come with a test suite.

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.

--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).

--with-at-spi-registryd-directory=...: This parameter is used to identify where the AT-SPI Registry daemon is located, as the default is $GNOME_PREFIX/libexec.


Installed Programs: gnome-session, gnome-session-properties, gnome-session-remove, gnome-session-save, and gnome-wm
Installed Libraries: None
Installed Directory: $GNOME_PREFIX/share/pixmaps/splash

Short Descriptions


starts up the GNOME desktop.


session utilities includes a configuration program and other session management related utilities.


uses the $WINDOW_MANAGER environment variable to allow a user to define a window manager of choice. If no $WINDOW_MANAGER is defined, gnome-wm defaults to metacity as the default window manager.

Last updated on 2007-08-24 21:22:20 -0500