Introduction to GConf

The GConf package contains a configuration database system.

Package Information

GConf Dependencies


ORBit2-2.14.2 and libxml2-2.6.26


GTK+-2.8.20, OpenLDAP-2.3.27, GTK-Doc-1.6, and DocBook-utils-0.6.14

User Notes: http://wiki.linuxfromscratch.org/blfs/wiki/gconf

Installation of GConf

Install GConf by running the following commands:

./configure --prefix=$(pkg-config --variable=prefix ORBit-2.0) \
            --sysconfdir=/etc/gnome/2.14.3 \
            --libexecdir=$(pkg-config \
                --variable=prefix ORBit-2.0)/lib/GConf \
            --mandir=$(pkg-config \
                --variable=prefix ORBit-2.0)/share/man &&

This package does not come with a test suite.

Now, as the root user:

make install

Command Explanations

--prefix=$(pkg-config --variable=prefix ORBit-2.0): Setting the prefix using this parameter instead of with $GNOME_PREFIX will ensure that the prefix is consistent with the installation environment and the package will be installed in the correct location.

--sysconfdir=/etc/gnome/2.14.3: This parameter causes the GConf-2 configuration database to be built in /etc/gnome/2.14.3 instead of $GNOME_PREFIX/etc. This installation controls all future installations of GConf-2 schemas. If you change the location (which includes eliminating this parameter), it must be consistent for every subsequent package installation that updates the GConf-2 configuration database.

--libexecdir=$(pkg-config --variable=prefix ORBit-2.0)/lib/GConf: This parameter causes the libexec files to be installed in the preferred location of $GNOME_PREFIX/lib/GConf instead of $GNOME_PREFIX/libexec.

--mandir=$(pkg-config --variable=prefix ORBit-2.0)/share/man: This parameter causes the man.(X) files to be installed in $GNOME_PREFIX/share/man/man(X) instead of $GNOME_PREFIX/man/man(X).

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


Installed Programs: gconf-merge-tree and gconftool-2
Installed Library: libgconf-2.{so,a}
Installed Directories: /etc/gnome/2.14.3/gconf and the following subdirectories of $GNOME_PREFIX/: include/gconf, lib/GConf and share/{GConf, gtk-doc/html/gconf, sgml/gconf}

Short Descriptions


merges an xml filesystem hierarchy.


is a command line tool for manipulating the GConf database.


provide the functions necessary to maintain the configuration database.

Last updated on 2006-06-25 16:31:03 -0500