Introduction to Evolution

The Evolution package contains an integrated mail, calendar and address book suite designed for the GNOME-2 environment.

Package Information

Evolution Dependencies


GtkHTML-3.14.3, GNOME Doc Utils-0.10.3, and Evolution Data Server-1.10.3

Recommended (For SSL and S/MIME support)

The NSS package is not required if you have Firefox-, Thunderbird-, SeaMonkey-1.1.9 or Mozilla installed. These packages contain internal copies of NSS (or they used a system-installed copy). If any of the four packages are installed, one way or another you will already have NSS/NSPR libraries on your system.


OpenLDAP-2.3.39, HAL-, D-Bus GLib Bindings-0.74, GNOME Spell, Heimdal-1.1 or MIT Kerberos V5-1.6, krb4, GNOME Pilot conduits (requires pilot-link-0.12.2 then GNOME Pilot), GStreamer-0.8.x, NetworkManager (download), libnotify, Mono, intltool-0.35.5, GTK-Doc-1.8, and DocBook-utils-0.6.14

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

Installation of Evolution

Install Evolution by running the following commands:



The instructions below assume you have the NSS/NSPR libraries installed on your system. If you elected not to install NSS (or one of the other packages mentioned above), you'll need to remove the following two parameter settings from the configure command below:


The Evolution configure script only looks for the stand-alone NSS package and the Mozilla and Firefox browsers for the NSS/NSPR libraries. If you are using Thunderbird as your source for the NSS/NSPR libraries, you will have to add the following two parameter settings to the configure command below:


./configure --prefix=$(pkg-config --variable=prefix ORBit-2.0) \
            --sysconfdir=/etc/gnome/2.18.3 \
            --localstatedir=/var/lib \
            --libexecdir=$(pkg-config \
                --variable=prefix ORBit-2.0)/lib \
            --enable-nntp \
            --enable-nss \
            --enable-smime &&

This package does not come with a test suite.

Now, as the root user:

make install &&
ln -v -s evolution-2.10 \
    $(pkg-config --variable=prefix ORBit-2.0)/bin/evolution

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.

--libexecdir=$(pkg-config --variable=prefix ORBit-2.0)/lib: This parameter causes the libexec files to be installed in the preferred location of $GNOME_PREFIX/lib/evolution instead of $GNOME_PREFIX/libexec/evolution.

--enable-nntp: This parameter is used to build the Usenet news (NNTP) backend.

--enable-nss: This parameter is used to pull in the Mozilla Network Security Services libraries for SSL support.

--enable-smime: This parameter is used to pull in the Mozilla Network Security Services libraries for S/MIME support.

--with-openldap: This parameter will compile LDAP support into Evolution.

--with-krb5: This parameter will compile Kerberos5 support into Evolution.

--with-pilot-conduits: This parameter will build the GNOME Pilot conduits allowing you to synchronize Evolution data on a Palm device.

ln -v -s evolution-2.10 $(pkg-config --variable=prefix ORBit-2.0)/bin/evolution: This optional command creates a convenience symlink to the evolution-2.10 binary.

--with-kde-applnk-path=<$KDE_PREFIX/share/applnk>: Use this parameter if you wnat the installation process to create a .desktop file in the KDE global desktop file directory.


Installed Programs: evolution and evolution-2.10
Installed Libraries: $GNOME_PREFIX/lib/evolution/2.10/* (contains support libraries, conduits, and other components)
Installed Directories: The following subdirectories of $GNOME_PREFIX/: include/evolution-2.10, lib/evolution, share/{{,omf/}evolution, {gnome/help,idl}/evolution-2.10}

Short Descriptions


is a symlink to the evolution-2.10 program.


is an email, calendar and address book suite.

Last updated on 2007-07-25 15:19:43 -0500