Sunday, March 30, 2008

Building the base for developing with EFL

This post describes how to build e17 libraries and the python bindings, getting the base for developing on EFL :).

In this first moment, sit back and relax, it might take a while to download the needed packages:

sudo aptitude install build-essential cvs libtool libltdl3-dev automake1.9 autotools-dev libpopt-dev libcurl3-dev libx11-dev x11proto-xext-dev libbz2-dev libid3tag0-dev libpng12-dev libtiff4-dev libungif4-dev libjpeg62-dev libssl-dev libfreetype6-dev bison flex gettext libimlib2-dev libxml2-dev libxcursor-dev libgtk1.2-dev autoconf pkg-config libxine-dev sqlite3 libsqlite3-dev libtagc0-dev libtag1-dev giblib-dev libxcomposite-dev xorg-dev fort77 python2.5-dev libedbus0-dev python-pyrex

After that, you can run the script. It will checkout from CVS and compile the libraries. Before running, set it +x with chmod (chmod +x

The alternative building method is to manually checkout and compile the modules. Instead of the script, I chose this alternative, because when the script stops in one library, you'll have to run it again, and I guess it starts from the beginning again (or not!). By going manual, you can see what dependency is missing and install it.

If you prefer to go manual, start by checking out from the CVS (this step should take a while):

cvs -z3 -d co e17

After that, cd to the e17/libs dir and compile (the libraries in this order:

imlib, eet, evas, ecore, epeg, embryo, edje, epsilon, esmart, efreet, ewl, emotion, edb, etk

With the following commands (replace libfolder :)):

cd libfolder
sudo make install

After you compiled all these libraries, cd to e17/proto and compile the apps you want to use. I myself installed edje_editor, edje_cc and python-efl. I compiled these apps. with the commands above (for installing the libraries). If you want to compile the python-efl bindings, first install Cython (Download):

tar -zxvf Cython-
cd Cython-
python install

Then you should cd to the directory and run the install script:

cd e17/proto/python-efl
sudo ./ /usr

Test it by importing "evas" or "ecore" on the python command line :).

If you missed any library install earlier, it will be accused here clearly, so, you go back and install it the same way you installed the others. If you've got problem with dependencies, try googleing it with your distribution name appended (e.g. "ltdl.h + Ubuntu"). By doing that, you may find the package with includes the dependency (or the package-dependency itself) and you can install it via apt-get or aptitude.

If you googled it, asked on #e (, prayed, cursed god and done every step here, but you can't still get something compiled, you can leave a comment ;-)

Good luck! (you'll probably need it :))

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Enlightenment 17 on Ubuntu (Gutsy): Theme and Entrance

I found myself Enlightenment 17 default theme kinda weird, not ugly, but weird. There is a pretty common theme called BlackTheme, it looks very nice on the Desktop, you should try it out :). To install it, you can left click on your desktop, then go Cofiguration -> Theme and import the theme browsing. It will automatically copy it into E theme folder (which is ~/.e/e/themes).

Now for the login manager, I must say I always wanted a different one from GDM. Entrance showed itself a great solution and if you want to install it, just type on the terminal (supposing you have the correct repository from the previous post):

sudo apt-get install entrance

At the end of the installation, it should ask you which login manager you want to use, obviously, choose Entrance :). The default Entrance theme is also weird so I'm using Entrance_BlackTheme.

In order to install it, cd to the download directory and execute this in the terminal:

cp Entrance_BlackTheme.edj /usr/share/entrance/
sudo entrance_edit --theme Entrance_BlackTheme.edj

This will set the theme to the new one. I think you'll need to reboot in order to see the new login window...

Enjoy :)

Friday, March 28, 2008

Enlightenment 17 on Ubuntu (Gutsy): Installing

Run (terminal):

sudo apt-key add repo_key.asc

The file should be downloaded and after the second command an "OK" message should be printed out.

Append the following to /etc/apt/sources.list:

deb gutsy e17

Run as root:

apt-get update
apt-get install e17

It should install just fine.

(Planning on a post with config. tips and tweaking)

Note: If you're using feisty or hardy, changing 'gutsy' to yours will probably work (since they're on the repository).

Saturday, March 22, 2008

About Me

Hi, my name is André Dieb Martins, I'm an Electrical Engineering undergraduate student at UFCG (Universidade Federal de Campina Grande - PB, Brazil).

I'm currently participating in research projects at Embedded (Laboratory of Embedded Systems and Pervasive Computing) and on Google Summer of Code 2009.

My research interests are:
  • Software Development
  • Embedded Systems
  • Industrial Automation
  • Mobile related subjects
CV: Portuguese, English

(updated on 6 June 2009)