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-3.6.2, Evolution Data Server-1.2.2


Mozilla-1.7.8 or Firefox-1.0.6 or Thunderbird-1.0.6 (NSS and NSPR libs and headers required for SSL and S/MIME support)


GStreamer-0.8.10, OpenLDAP-2.2.24, Sendmail-8.13.4 (or other MTA that links to /usr/sbin/sendmail), Heimdal-0.7 or MIT krb5-1.4.1, krb4, GNOME Pilot conduits (requires pilot-link-0.11.8 then GNOME Pilot), GNOME Spell, D-BUS, kdebase-3.4.1, GTK-Doc-1.3 and DocBook-utils-0.6.14

Installation of Evolution

Install Evolution by running the following commands:

./configure --prefix=`pkg-config --variable=prefix ORBit-2.0` \
    --libexecdir=`pkg-config --variable=prefix ORBit-2.0`/lib \
    --localstatedir=/var/lib --sysconfdir=/etc/gnome \
    --disable-gtk-doc &&

This package does not come with a test suite.

Now, as the root user:

make install &&
ln -v -s evolution-2.2 \
    `pkg-config --variable=prefix ORBit-2.0`/bin/evolution

Command Explanations

--disable-gtk-doc: This parameter disables building the API documentation if you have GTK-Doc installed. Remove this parameter if you wish to build and install the documentation.

--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-2.2 `pkg-config --variable=prefix ORBit-2.0`/bin/evolution: This optional command creates a convenience symlink to the evolution-2.2 binary.


Installed Programs: evolution and evolution-2.2
Installed Libraries: /usr/lib/evolution/2.2/* (contains support libraries, conduits, and other components)
Installed Directories: /etc/gnome/gconf/gconf.xml.defaults/schemas/apps/evolution, /etc/gnome/gconf/gconf.xml.defaults/apps/evolution, $GNOME_PREFIX/include/evolution-2.2, $GNOME_PREFIX/lib/evolution, $GNOME_PREFIX/share/idl/evolution-2.2, $GNOME_PREFIX/share/gnome/help/evolution-2.2, $GNOME_PREFIX/share/omf/evolution, and $GNOME_PREFIX/share/evolution

Short Descriptions


is a symlink to the evolution-2.2 program.


is an email, calendar and address book suite.

Last updated on 2005-08-01 13:29:19 -0600