Built Evolution…

Posted on Thu 02 March 2006 in Life • 2 min read

I got the evolution from CVS and after a day of experiments finally built it succesfully :)

Here is the best tutorial for building evolution from source !! Just follow the steps and  in case of any errors, don’t panic ! and cooly take  look at the Evolution FAQs here

Well i will just reiterate the steps ;)

1. Make sure you have the mozilla-nss-devel , mozilla-nspr-devel and openssl-devel packages. If you don’t have them do a google search  and get them. Mozilla-nss Releases are here . 2. I will assume you have got the sources from the CVS using the procedure described here 3. After getting gtkhtml,evolution-data-server and evolution sources. First install GTKHTML.

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> PKG\\\_CONFIG\\\_PATH="/opt/evo/lib/pkgconfig:/usr/lib/pkgconfig:/opt/gnome/lib/pkgconfig"
> ./autogen.sh --prefix=/opt/evo/

> make

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> sudo make install
  1. Then cd into the evolution-data-server directory and here is what i did :


    ./configure —enable-maintainer-mode —prefix=/opt/evo —enable-exchange=no —with-nss-includes=/usr/include/nss —with-nss-libs=/usr/lib/ —with-nspr-includes=/usr/include/nspr —with-nspr-libs=/usr/lib/


    sudo make install

  2. Now comes the final stage :) CD into the evolution directory..in my case it was cd \~/cvs/gnome/evolution then :


    ./autogen.sh —prefix=/opt/evo/ —enable-nntp=yes —enable-ipv6=yes —enable-nss=yes —enable-smime=yes —enable-plugins=all —with-nspr-libs=/usr/include/nspr/ —with-nss-libs=/usr/include/nss/


    sudo make install

  3. Now get the script from here and put it in /bin , then run it :) I hope you will see the latest evolution njoy !!

Well here are some errors i came across :

1.  something related to test-component . If this error comes just change the arguments in

> ./autogen.sh [all other arguments] --enable-test-component=no
  1. If some error related to secasnl.h comes then

    cd /usr/include/nss


    and then see if secasnl.h exists :P if the /usr/include/nss or secasnl.h doesnot exist please install mozilla-nss-devel and then rebuild evolution :)

    If both of them exist do check if you have provided the correct location of libraries in ./autogen.sh configuration..

Finally it needs lots of patience of go through this process ;) I think i built around 5 or 6 times. each time getting some different errors..hey do ask for help in the irc node :: #irc.gimp.org in the #nosip or the #evolution channels.

Well i think this is the first step to hacking opensource software resources..looking forward to have some really nice hacking experience..

I am just a novice..may be there is some mistake in this how to..so please refer to the tutorial links i mentioned in the start..don’t forget to correct me in case something is missing !! 

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