Introduction to GNOME Desktop

The GNOME Desktop package contains a library that provides an API shared by several applications on the GNOME Desktop.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-11.2 platform.

Package Information

GNOME Desktop Dependencies


gsettings-desktop-schemas-42.0, GTK+-3.24.34, GTK-4.6.7, ISO Codes-4.11.0, itstool-2.0.7, libseccomp-2.5.4, libxml2-2.10.0, and xkeyboard-config-2.36




User Notes:

Installation of GNOME Desktop

Install GNOME Desktop by running the following commands:

mkdir build &&
cd    build &&

meson --prefix=/usr                 \
      --buildtype=release           \
      -Dgnome_distributor="BLFS" .. &&

This package does not come with a test suite.

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.

-Dgnome_distributor="Some Name": Use this parameter to supply a custom name in the Distributor: field of the GNOME About display window.

-Dgtk_doc=true: Use this parameter if you wish to build the API documentation.

-Dinstalled_tests=true: Use this parameter you wish to enable the installed tests.


Installed Programs: None
Installed Library:,,, and
Installed Directories: /usr/include/gnome-desktop-3.0, /usr/include/gnome-desktop-4.0, /usr/libexec/gnome-desktop-debug, /usr/share/gnome, and /usr/share/gtk-doc/html/gnome-desktop3 (optional)

Short Descriptions

contains functions shared by several GNOME applications