Introduction to Galeon

The Galeon package contains a GNOME-2 browser that utilizes the Gecko layout engine and presents the simplest interface possible for a browser.

Package Information

Galeon Dependencies


libgnomeui-2.14.1 and a Gecko layout engine (SeaMonkey-1.1 or Firefox- or Thunderbird- or Mozilla)


GNOME Desktop-2.14.3, libgtkhtml-2.11.0, and ISO Codes-0.58-1

User Notes:

Installation of Galeon

Compiling must be done with the same compiler version and optimization settings that were used to compile the Gecko layout engine package.

Install Galeon by running the following commands:

./configure --prefix=$(pkg-config --variable=prefix ORBit-2.0) \
            --sysconfdir=/etc/gnome/2.14.3 \
            --localstatedir=/var/lib \
            --mandir=$(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 &&
install -v -m755 -d $(pkg-config \
        --variable=prefix ORBit-2.0)/share/doc/galeon-2.0.1 &&
install -v -m644 FAQ README* doc/*.txt $(pkg-config \
        --variable=prefix ORBit-2.0)/share/doc/galeon-2.0.1 &&
ln -v -s ../../$PACKAGE_NAME/FAQ.html $(pkg-config \
        --variable=prefix ORBit-2.0)/share/doc/galeon-2.0.1

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.

--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).


Installed Programs: galeon and galeon-config-tool
Installed Libraries: None
Installed Directories: The following subdirectories of $GNOME_PREFIX/share/: galeon, {gnome/help, omf, sounds}/galeon

Short Descriptions


is a GNOME-2 web browser using a Gecko-based rendering/security/networking engine.


clears settings, installs schemas, removes schemas and fixes permissions in the GConf database.

Last updated on 2007-01-15 18:08:14 -0600