[Pkg-xfce-devel] xfce on Ubuntu

Tony Sumner tony at whittycat.me.uk
Mon Sep 15 11:33:14 UTC 2008


I am new to xfce so this may be old news but you did ask for comments.
I have Ubuntu on a laptop (2800MHz, 256MB memory) and I tried to install
XFCE on it. [I realise I could have installed Xubuntu but I thought
I'd save myself the bother of burning a CD] I d/l the source tar file
and unpacked it. This gave me a directory full of tar files and a 
brief README that said install them all. What it didn't say is that
you have to do them in the right order, eg you need libxfce4util-4.4.2
before exo and some other things. OK I can cope with that but then 
three of the installs failed: exo, mousepad and xfce-mcs-manager.
They all fail in the same way. In make, they go to directory po and
in the Makefile there the parameter GMSGFMT is not set so the make
fails. Maybe GMSGFMT is set by configure so I looked at the config log
and found this 

hostname = clive
uname -m = i686
uname -r = 2.6.24-19-generic
uname -s = Linux
uname -v = #1 SMP Wed Jun 18 14:43:41 UTC 2008

/usr/bin/uname -p = unknown
/bin/uname -X     = unknown

/bin/arch              = unknown
/usr/bin/arch -k       = unknown
/usr/convex/getsysinfo = unknown
/usr/bin/hostinfo      = unknown
/bin/machine           = unknown
/usr/bin/oslevel       = unknown
/bin/universe          = unknown
GMOFILES=' am.gmo ar.gmo az.gmo be.gmo bg.gmo bn_IN.gmo ca.gmo cs.gmo de.gmo dz.gmo el.gmo en_GB.gmo eo.gmo es.gmo es_MX.gmo et.gmo eu.gmo fa.gmo fi.gmo fr.gmo gl.gmo gu.gmo he.gmo hi.gmo hu.gmo it.gmo ja.gmo ka.gmo ko.gmo lt.gmo lv.gmo mk.gmo mr.gmo ms.gmo nb_NO.gmo nl.gmo pa.gmo pt_BR.gmo pt_PT.gmo pl.gmo ro.gmo ru.gmo sk.gmo sv.gmo ta.gmo tr.gmo uk.gmo vi.gmo zh_CN.gmo zh_TW.gmo'
GMSGFMT=''                        // aha!!

and the result of running make is :

Making all in po
make[2]: Entering directory `/usr/local/src/xfce-4.4.2/src/xfce-mcs-manager-4.4.2/po'
file=`echo am | sed 's,.*/,,'`.gmo \
	  && rm -f $file &&  -o $file am.po
/bin/sh: -o: not found
make[2]: *** [am.gmo] Error 127

where in Makefile the file= assignment was

file=`echo am | sed 's,.*/,,'`.gmo \
	  && rm -f $file && $GMSGFMT -o $file am.po

I hope all this is helpful. I have just d/l the Xubuntu iso so we'll see
how that goes.

Best wishes,
Tony Sumner

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