GNOME Games-2.8.1

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 now supplied in a separate package. You can download the GNOME Games Extra Data package from

Package information

GNOME Games dependencies


Guile-1.6.6 (to build the AisleRiot solitaire games)

Installation of GNOME Games

GNOME Games needs 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 -d /var/lib/games &&
groupadd games &&
useradd -c 'Games High Score Owner' -d /var/lib/games \
        -g games -s /bin/false games &&
chown 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 &&
make &&
make install

Command explanations

--localstatedir=/var/lib: This switch puts ScrollKeeper files in /var/lib/scrollkeeper instead of $GNOME_PREFIX/var/scrollkeeper.

--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.


The GNOME Games package contains blackjack, gataxx, glines, gnect, gnibbles, gnobots2, gnome-stones, gnometris, gnomine, gnotravex, gnotski, gtali, iagno, mahjongg, same-gnome and sol.


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

Last updated on 2005-01-12 22:20:16 -0700