Development/Tutorials/Building An Existing Application

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This tutorial aims to make it easy to get the source code of an application, build and install it in your home directory without interfering with your system.

Getting the source code

Make sure to set up git URL renaming properly, so that you can use commands below.

Git Configuration and URL Renaming

You should also configure your git user name and email as mentioned on the git configuration page.

If you don't know the project name of the application you want to build, check out to find it.

Let's assume you want to build Parley from KDE Education and found that it's project name is simply parley. Most project names are actually that simple.

Once you have the project name, create a directory which you will use for development. We'll use /home/username/devel/src for our source code.

mkdir -p ~/devel/src
cd ~/devel/src

And check out the application there:

git clone kde:parley

foo bar

Let's create a script that you can source to set up your development environment.

export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=$PARLEY_PATH/lib/kde4:$PARLEY_PATH/lib64:/home/frederik/dev/qt/qt-4/lib
export QT_PLUGIN_PATH=$KDEDIR/lib/kde4:$KDEDIR/lib64

Call it for example parley-devel-env and source it:

source parley-devel-env

If you run


now it should show you the variables that get set in the script.

Now we want to have a build directory at the same level as the source directory to keep everything neat. From there we run cmake to create makefiles that allow us to run make to build the application.

mkdir -p ~/devel/build/parley
cd ~/devel/build/parley
cmake ../../src/parley -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=$PARLEY_PATH

Make sure that cmake tells you that everything is all right at this point. If all went well, you're good to go, run make:


(Or to make use of all your cpu cores make -j8 for 8 cores...)

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