Andre Bell Andre Kneider Marius Scholten Nils Springob
Andre Bell Andre Kneider Marius Scholten Nils Springob
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Kmud 1.0 compile-HowTo

Kmud 1.0 compile-HowTo

begin: 2001-08-20 by Andre Alexander Bell
copyright: (c) 2001 by Kmud Developer Team
email: kmud-devel@kmud.de

0. Content

  1. Files to get
  2. Compiling the QT-Libraries
  3. Compiling the KDE-Libraries
  4. Compiling Kmud 1.0
  5. Known problems

1. Files to get

Kmud 1.0 is based upon the KDE-Libraries from KDE1, which have been published by the KDE-Team in their latest version 1.1.2. These Libraries furthermore depend on the QT-Libraries version 1.4x. Both, the KDE-Libraries 1.1.2 and the QT-Libraries 1.44 are no longer in use under the actual KDE version 2.2 wich as far as I know depends on QT-Libraries 2.3.0 < version < 3.0.
Many users have upgraded their systems (or installed later) to the newer KDE and tried to get Kmud up and run and failed because their QT- and KDE-Libraries are too new for Kmud version 1.0 and they don't have both installed.
To get Kmud 1.0 running within these setups you have to compile the QT-Libraries version 1.44 (Section 2) and the KDE-Libraries (Section 3) before you can compile Kmud 1.0 (Section 4).
If you do have the correct version of the QT-Libraries installed you can skip Section 2 and additionally you can skip Section 3 if you've installed the correct version of the KDE-Libraries. In the other case you have to get the following three packages and step through all Sections:

  1. qt-1.44.tar.bz2
  2. kdelibs-1.1.2.tar.bz2
  3. kmud-1.0.tar.gz

The packages a) and b) are available from

The third package c) is available from the Kmud Homepage (http://www.kmud.de) or

When you've downloaded the packages you can continue with compilation of the QT-Libraries, Section 2. The following sections assume that you've downloaded the packages to the 'root' of your home-directory.

2. Compiling the QT-Libraries

First you have to decide where to put the QT-Libraries, let's say into what directory. If you would like to make a system wide installation you should perhaps have root access and go with a subdirectory of /usr/lib or /usr/local/lib. If you don't want systemwide installation you can go with a directory within your home directory.
I'll assume you want the later and explain it with this but to change the directory won't change the following that much:
(The $-sign is the prompt of your shell and you have to enter the things behind, confirming with return ;-)

We start by making shure that we're in your home directory
(The ~ represents your home directory and should fit just fine!)

$ cd ~

Then we'll continue with extracting the QT-Library package.

$ tar xjvf qt-1.44.tar.bz2

If this worked fine, we no longer do need the package and you (optionally) can delete the package itself

$ rm qt-1.44.tar.bz2

Now we do have to export the QTDIR environment variable accordingly to the directory we choosed to put this lib in (may differ if you don't use bash, perhaps try setenv)

$ export QTDIR=~/qt-1.44

Now we change into that directory and do the make steps. Notice that the first make step is only for a PC based Linux system. If your system differs read the compile info that comes with the QT-Libraries

$ cd qt-1.44
$ make linux-g++-shared
$ make

If this succeeded we finally prepend the new Library path to the LD_LIBRARY_PATH environment variable by (notice again, this may differ if you don't use bash as you shell. This won't be noticed again in the next section)


Now you can just step forward to get the kdelibs build by going through the next section.

3. Compiling the KDE-Libraries

The KDE-Libraries will be installed into their library directory after we have compiled them within a source directory. So we first export the KDEDIR environment variable to point to the KDE-Directory, where these libs will get installed in.
After this we'll prepend the PATH environment variable to get it easy to start kmud afterwards and we'll prepend the LD_LIBRARY_PATH once again to get the KDE-Libdir into the searchpath.

$ cd ~
$ export KDEDIR=~/kde1
$ export PATH=$KDEDIR/bin:$PATH

Now we do extract the package

$ tar xjvf kdelibs-1.1.2.tar.bz2

If you want to get rid of the package file you can (optionally) do

$ rm kdelibs-1.1.2.tar.bz2

After all this stuff we can change into the directory and do a most secure configure call (I think this will get it work on nearly every platform)

$ cd kdelibs-1.1.2
$ ./configure --prefix=$KDEDIR --with-qt-dir=$QTDIR --with-qt-libraries=$QTDIR/lib --with-extra-libs=$QTDIR/lib

This call should not stop complaining about the QT-Libraries now.
You can continue with the make and make install calls, which build and install the KDE-Libraries

$ make
$ make install

4. Compiling Kmud 1.0

Both QT-Libraries and KDE-Libraries are installed properly now and we can continue to compile Kmud 1.0 itself.
First we'll make shure to be in the 'root' of the home directory.

$ cd ~

Now we'll extract the Kmud 1.0 package

$ tar xzvf kmud-1.0.tar.gz

And as you allready may expect, we can now (optionally) delete the package

$ rm kmud-1.0.tar.gz

After we change into the kmud-directory we'll have to do the fascinating configure call

$ cd kmud-1.0
$ ./configure --prefix=$KDEDIR --with-qt-dir=$QTDIR --with-qt-libraries=$QTDIR/lib --with-extra-libs=$QTDIR/lib

Now we can build and install Kmud 1.0

$ make
$ make install

And finally you can start Kmud 1.0 with

$ kmud

Closing this stuff with Stephans words:

Happy mudding,

The Kmud Developer Team

5. Known problems

  1. Due to the fact that the PATH environment variable won't point to the ~/kde1/bin directory after closing your shell you'll have to do a direct call with ~/kde1/bin/kmud to start kmud afterwards

  2. If you start Kmud you might have problems with the icons in the toolbar. If this happens it is a problem related to the environment variable KDEDIR which does not point to ~/kde1. Set it accordingly before you start Kmud.

  3. If you do the exports of PATH and KDEDIR within your .profile file in your home-directory you would possibly mess up your KDE2 installation. It would be better to make a small script, that will do this export and launch Kmud.
    Then you can easily launch Kmud with Alt-F2 and entering the name of that script.

    Script example:

    export KDEDIR=~/kde1
    ~/kde1/bin/kmud &

    Don't forget to make this script executable with

    $ chmod +x <scriptname>

  4. If this still does not suffer your need for luxury you can use the KDE menueditor to make a menuentry that will start Kmud by calling that script.

  5. Take a look at the FAQ for some further things not mentioned in here.

  6. And finally, if you still have problems to get Kmud compiled, started or whatsoever, please don't bother to ask us at the email-address given on top of this document. We really do believe that you should not give up and get Kmud to run just fine, it is worth the time...

That's it


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