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-11.2 platform.

Package Information

GNOME Shell Dependencies


evolution-data-server-3.44.4, Gjs-1.72.2, gnome-autoar-0.4.3, gnome-control-center-42.3, GTK-4.6.7, Mutter-42.4, sassc-3.6.2, startup-notification-0.12, and Systemd-251



GTK-Doc-1.33.2 and bash-completion

Runtime Dependencies

adwaita-icon-theme-42.0, DConf-0.40.0, GDM-42.0, gnome-backgrounds-42.0, and telepathy-mission-control-5.16.6

User Notes:

Installation of GNOME Shell

Install GNOME Shell by running the following commands:

mkdir build &&
cd    build &&

meson --prefix=/usr --buildtype=release -Dtests=false .. &&

To test the results, you need to remove the -Dtests=false switch, and to have Mutter-42.4 compiled and installed with tests also. To run the tests, issue: ninja test. You must be running an X session to run the tests. Some will fail if GDM-42.0 is not installed.

Now, as the root user:

ninja install

Command Explanations

--buildtype=release: Specify a buildtype suitable for stable releases of the package, as the default may produce unoptimized binaries.

-Dtests=false: Remove this switch if you want to build the tests. But then meson will fail if Mutter-42.4 tests are not installed.


Installed Programs: gnome-extensions, gnome-extensions-app, 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} (optional), and /usr/share/xdg-desktop-portal/

Short Descriptions


provides the core user interface functions for the GNOME 3 Desktop