Introduction to VTE

The VTE package contains a termcap file implementation for terminal emulators.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS 11.3 platform.

Package Information

VTE Dependencies


GTK+-3.24.36, libxml2-2.10.3, and pcre2-10.42



FriBidi-1.0.12, Gi-DocGen-2023.1, and GTK-4.8.3

User Notes: https://wiki.linuxfromscratch.org/blfs/wiki/vte

Installation of VTE

Install VTE by running the following commands:

mkdir build &&
cd    build &&

meson --prefix=/usr       \
      --buildtype=release \
      -Dfribidi=false     \
      -D_systemd=false .. &&

If you have Gi-DocGen-2023.1 installed and wish to build the API documentation for this package, issue:

sed -e "/docdir =/s@\$@/ 'vte-0.70.3'@" \
    -e "/fatal-warnings/d"              \
    -i ../doc/reference/meson.build     &&
meson configure -Ddocs=true             &&

To test the results, issue ninja test.

Now, as the root user:

ninja install &&
rm -v /etc/profile.d/vte.*

Command Explanations

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

rm -v /etc/profile.d/vte.*: This command removes two files installed in /etc/profile.d that have no use on a LFS system.

-Dfribidi=false: Omit this switch if you want to enable bidirectional capabilities.

-Dgnutls=false: Add this switch if you do not want to enable GnuTLS support.

-Dvapi=false: Add this switch if you do not want to enable vala bindings.

-Dgtk4=true: Add this switch to build the GTK4 widget.


Installed Program: vte-2.91
Installed Library: libvte-2.91.so
Installed Directories: /usr/include/vte-2.91 and (optional) /usr/share/doc/vte-0.70.3

Short Descriptions


is a test application for the VTE libraries


is a library which implements a terminal emulator widget for GTK+ 3