Introduction to Wayland

Wayland is a project to define a protocol for a compositor to talk to its clients as well as a library implementation of the protocol.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-9.0 platform.

Package Information

Wayland Dependencies




Doxygen-1.8.16, Graphviz-2.40.1 and xmlto-0.0.28 (to build the API documentation) and docbook-xml-4.5, docbook-xsl-1.79.2 and libxslt-1.1.33 (to build the manual pages)

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

Installation of Wayland

Install Wayland by running the following commands:

./configure --prefix=/usr    \
            --disable-static \
            --disable-documentation &&

To test the results, issue: make check. If a Desktop Environment has not been started that uses XDG, it's possible that 90% of the test suite will fail. To rectify this, create the directory listed in $XDG_RUNTIME_DIR first, if required.

Now, as the root user:

make install

Command Explanations

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

--disable-documentation: This switch is used to disable building of the API documentation. Remove it if you have installed optional dependencies.


Installed Programs: wayland-scanner
Installed Libraries: libwayland-client.so, libwayland-cursor.so, and libwayland-server.so
Installed Directories: /usr/share/wayland

Short Descriptions


is a tool to generate proxy methods in wayland-client-protocol.h and wayland-server-protocol.h


contains API functions for writing Wayland applications.


contains API functions for managing cursors in Wayland applications.


contains API functions for writing Wayland compositors.

Last updated on 2015-07-31 23:26:22 -0500