Introduction to GNOME Shell

The GNOME Shell is the core user interface of the GNOME Desktop environment.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-11.0 platform.

Package Information

GNOME Shell Dependencies


evolution-data-server-3.40.4, Gjs-1.68.3, gnome-autoar-0.4.0, gnome-control-center-40.0, GTK-4.4.0, Mutter-40.4, sassc-3.6.2, startup-notification-0.12, and elogind-246.10


Recommended (Runtime)


GTK-Doc-1.33.2 and bash-completion

Runtime Dependencies

adwaita-icon-theme-40.1.1, DConf-0.40.0, GDM-40.1, gnome-backgrounds-40.1, gnome-menus-3.36.0, and telepathy-mission-control-5.16.6

User Notes:

Installation of GNOME Shell

Install GNOME Shell by running the following commands:

mkdir build &&
cd    build &&

meson --prefix=/usr --buildtype=release -Dsystemd=false .. &&

To test the results, issue: ninja test. You must be running an X session to run the tests. Some will fail if GDM-40.1 is not installed.

Now, as the root user:

ninja install

Command Explanations

--buildtype=release: Specify a buildtype suitable for stable releases of the package, as the default may produce unoptimized binaries.

patch ...: This patch fixes a bug when trying to start an xwayland application on non systemd.

-Dsystemd=false: Prevents installing systemd files, which are not needed in this version of BLFS.

-Dextensions=false: This option disables building the gnome-extensions CLI tool. Using this option removes the need for asciidoc-9.1.0.


Installed Programs: gnome-extensions, gnome-extensions-app, gnome-shell, gnome-shell-extension-prefs, gnome-shell-extension-tool, and gnome-shell-perf-tool
Installed Libraries: None
Installed Directories: /usr/lib/gnome-shell, /usr/share/gnome-shell, /usr/share/gtk-doc/html/{shell,st}, and /usr/share/xdg-desktop-portal/

Short Descriptions


provides the core user interface functions for the GNOME 3 Desktop

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