Introduction to Folks

Folks is a library that aggregates people from multiple sources (e.g, Telepathy connection managers and eventually Evolution Data Server, Facebook, etc.) to create metacontacts.

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

Package Information

Folks Dependencies


evolution-data-server-3.32.4, gobject-introspection-1.60.2, libgee-0.20.2, Python-2.7.16 (during the build), and telepathy-glib-0.24.1



Tracker-2.2.2 (Broken due to API changes in tracker), libsocialweb, and Zeitgeist

User Notes:

Installation of Folks

Install Folks by running the following commands:

mkdir build &&
cd build &&

meson --prefix=/usr --sysconfdir=/etc .. &&

To test the results, issue ninja test from a local X session started with dbus-launch.

Now, as the root user:

ninja install

Command Explanations

-Dtracker_backend=true: This switch enables building the Tracker backend. Use it if you have Tracker installed. This functionality is current broken, however, due to an upstream API change in Tracker that hasn't been accounted for in this package.

-Ddocs=true: This switch enables documentation generation.


Installed Programs: folks-import and folks-inspect
Installed Libraries:,,, and
Installed Directories: /usr/include/folks and /usr/lib/folks

Short Descriptions


is used to import meta-contact information to libfolks.


is used to inspect meta-contact information in libfolks.

contains Evolution specific implementations of the libfolks classes.

contains the Folks API functions.

contains Telepathy specific implementations of the libfolks classes.

Last updated on 2019-08-25 11:35:01 -0700