Introduction to Yelp

The Yelp package contains the help browser used for viewing help files.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-7.9 platform.

This package is known to build properly using the gcc-6 compiler.

Package Information

Yelp Dependencies


gsettings-desktop-schemas-3.20.0, WebKitGTK+-2.12.3 and yelp-xsl-3.20.1






The Yelp package is not required for a functional GNOME Desktop. Note, however, that without Yelp you will not be able to view the built-in Help provided by core GNOME and many of the support applications.

User Notes:

Installation of Yelp

Install Yelp by running the following commands:

./configure --prefix=/usr --disable-static &&

This package does not come with a test suite.

Now, as the root user:

make install &&

Command Explanations

--disable-static: This switch prevents installation of static versions of the libraries.

--enable-gtk-doc: Use this parameter if GTK-Doc is installed and you wish to rebuild and install the API documentation.

update-desktop-database: This ensures that /usr/share/applications/mimeinfo.cache will be updated and therefore the help in gnome applications will work. Some packages run this command during their installation, but yelp and the gnome applications do not.


Installed Program: gnome-help (symlink) and yelp
Installed Library:
Installed Directories: /usr/{include,share/gtk-doc/html}/libyelp and /usr/{lib,share}/yelp

Short Descriptions


is the GNOME Help Browser.

contains the Yelp API functions.

Last updated on 2016-07-08 16:46:34 -0500