GNOME Core Packages

This section contains required elements of the GNOME environment to display a functional desktop.



The BLFS team recommends that you carefully evaluate the optional dependencies listed for each of the core GNOME packages. You may lose desired functionality if you don't install an optional dependency before the package that lists the dependency, even if you later install it.

Pre-installation Configuration

Set an environment variable to resolve the prefix destination.

If GNOME is your desktop of choice:

export GNOME_PREFIX=/usr

If you want to try-out GNOME, or install it in an easy-to-remove location:



You may wish to create a symbolic link to the actual versioned directory using a non-versioned name. This has the advantage of an easier path to type in all the changes below and also makes it easy to point to a different/newer version of GNOME without changing all the edits below. If you wish to use a non-versioned name in the changes below, issue the following commands as the root user:

install -v -m755 -d /opt/gnome-2.14.3 &&
ln -v -s gnome-2.14.3 /opt/gnome

If you created the symbolic link, change all instances of /opt/gnome-2.14.3 to /opt/gnome in the instructions below.

export GNOME_PREFIX=/opt/gnome-2.14.3

The try-out group will also need to make all the following configuration changes:

Add to your system or personal profile:

export PATH=$PATH:/opt/gnome-2.14.3/bin
export PKG_CONFIG_PATH=$PKG_CONFIG_PATH:/opt/gnome-2.14.3/lib/pkgconfig
export GNOME_LIBCONFIG_PATH=/usr/lib:/opt/gnome-2.14.3/lib

Add to your /etc/

cat >> /etc/ << "EOF"
# Begin gnome addition to /etc/


# End gnome addition

Add to your /etc/man_db.conf:

cat >> /etc/man_db.conf << "EOF"
# Begin gnome addition to man_db.conf

MANDATORY_MANPATH /opt/gnome-2.14.3/share/man

# End gnome addition to man_db.conf


Remember to execute ldconfig as the root user after installation of libraries to update the linker's library cache.

Last updated on 2006-06-21 13:27:21 -0500