Introduction to Yelp

The Yelp package contains the help browser. This is useful for viewing help files.

Package Information

Yelp Dependencies


libgnomeui-2.14.1, libgnomeprintui-2.12.1, startup-notification-0.8, GNOME Doc Utils-0.6.1, and a Gecko layout engine (SeaMonkey-1.1 or Firefox- or Thunderbird- or Mozilla)





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. This is mentioned here because you may not wish to install a Gecko layout engine. Without a Gecko layout engine you will have no graphical browser capability as the default GNOME browser, Epiphany-, also requires a Gecko layout engine.

User Notes:

Installation of Yelp

Install Yelp by running the following commands:

./configure --prefix=$(pkg-config --variable=prefix ORBit-2.0) \
            --sysconfdir=/etc/gnome/2.14.3 \
            --localstatedir=/var/lib &&

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 configuration files to be installed in /etc/gnome/2.14.3 instead of $GNOME_PREFIX/etc. Additionally (if applicable), the parameter ensures that the GConf-2 database is correctly updated.

--localstatedir=/var/lib: This parameter is used so that all ScrollKeeper files are installed in, and the ScrollKeeper database is properly updated in /var/lib/scrollkeeper instead of some files being installed in $GNOME_PREFIX/var/scrollkeeper.


Installed Programs: gnome-help and yelp
Installed Libraries: None
Installed Directory: $GNOME_PREFIX/share/yelp

Short Descriptions


is a symbolic link to yelp.


is the GNOME help browser.

Last updated on 2006-12-21 18:11:17 -0600