Introduction to GNOME Shell

The GNOME Shell is the core user interface of the GNOME Desktop environment.

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

Package Information

GNOME Shell Dependencies


evolution-data-server-3.32.4, Gjs-1.56.2, gnome-control-center-3.32.2, libcroco-0.6.13, Mutter-3.32.2, sassc-3.6.1, startup-notification-0.12, and elogind-241.3




Runtime Dependencies

adwaita-icon-theme-3.32.0, DConf-0.32.0, GDM-3.32.0, gnome-backgrounds-3.32.0, gnome-menus-3.32.0, gnome-themes-extra-3.28, and telepathy-mission-control-5.16.4

User Notes:

Installation of GNOME Shell

Install GNOME Shell by running the following commands:

sed -i '/isGreeter/,+2 d' js/ui/status/keyboard.js &&

mkdir build &&
cd    build &&

meson --prefix=/usr -Dsystemd=false .. &&

To test the results, issue: ninja test. You must be running an X session to run the tests. Some will fail if GDM-3.32.0 is not installed.

Now, as the root user:

ninja install

Command Explanations

sed -i ...: This command allows the GDM greeter to use a keyboard layout taken from the dconf database instead of a default US qwerty one.


Installed Programs: gnome-shell, gnome-shell-extension-prefs, gnome-shell-extension-tool, and gnome-shell-perf-tool
Installed Libraries: None
Installed Directories: /usr/lib/gnome-shell, /usr/share/gnome-shell, /usr/share/gtk-doc/html/{shell,st}, and /usr/share/xdg-desktop-portal/

Short Descriptions


provides the core user interface functions for the GNOME 3 Desktop.

Last updated on 2019-08-27 01:16:44 -0700