Introduction to Caribou

Caribou is an input assistive technology intended for switch and pointer users.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-7.6 systemd platform.

Package Information

Caribou Dependencies


Clutter-1.18.4, GTK+-3.12.2, libgee-0.14.0, libxklavier-5.3, and PyGObject-3.12.2



GTK+-2.24.24 and valadoc

Additional Runtime Dependencies

For most GNOME users, this package is only required as a compile-time dependency for other packages. If you intend to use its keyboard you will require D-Bus Python-1.2.0, DConf-0.20.0 and PyAtSpi2-2.12.0 at runtime.

User Notes:

Installation of Caribou

Install Caribou by running the following commands:

./configure --prefix=/usr \
            --sysconfdir=/etc \
            --disable-gtk2-module \
            --disable-static &&

This package does not come with a testsuite.

Now, as the root user:

make install

Command Explanations

--disable-gtk2-module: Because GNOME now uses GTK+-3, the module has no use on a GNOME desktop. Remove the switch if you still want to build the GTK+-2 module.

--disable-static: This switch prevents installation of static versions of the libraries.


Installed Programs: caribou and caribou-preferences
Installed Libraries:
Installed Directories: /usr/include/libcaribou, /usr/lib/python2.7/site-packages/caribou, /usr/share/antler and /usr/share/caribou

Short Descriptions

contains the Caribou API functions.

Last updated on 2014-08-25 18:22:00 -0700