Introduction to Folks

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

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-11.2 platform.

Package Information

Folks Dependencies


evolution-data-server-3.44.4, gobject-introspection-1.72.0, libgee-0.20.5, dbusmock-0.28.4, and telepathy-glib-0.24.2



libsocialweb and Zeitgeist

User Notes:

Installation of Folks

Install Folks by running the following commands:

mkdir build &&
cd    build &&

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

To test the results, issue ninja test from a local X session started with dbus-launch. A few tests may time out.

Now, as the root user:

ninja install

Command Explanations

-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