This page is a community effort to document the procedure to build various versions of KStars for KDE4 on various platforms and environments. We have a separate page for the Frameworks5 version.
Typically, you would want to build KStars from source if you plan to develop KStars, or stay on the bleeding edge and contribute valuable feedback.
To build and develop KStars, several packages may be required from your distribution. Here's a list.
To install all of these, use the following commands:
sudo apt-get install build-essential cmake kdelibs5-dev libeigen3-dev libcfitsio3-dev zlib1g-dev
Please note that INDI is unavailable in Debian testing as of this writing.
KStars development happens on KDE's git repository. (Git is an open-source version control software.). The code on git is the bleeding-edge developers' version of KStars. It does break occasionally.
1) create and change into a KDE development directory:
mkdir ~/kde; cd ~/kde
2) to fetch the KStars source code:
git clone git://anongit.kde.org/kstars
3) create and change into a build directory for compilation:
mkdir build; cd build
4) run the configure process with cmake:
cmake ../kstars -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=debugfull -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=~/kde/usr
5) compile KStars:
6) finally install KStars:
That’s all! This installs KStars locally into the separate directory ~/kde/usr, so that your global KDE installation will not be touched at all.
Now on to starting the newly compiled KStars. Create a file ~/kde/run.sh with the following content:
#!/bin/bash export KSTARS_DIR=~/kde/usr export PATH=$KSTARS_DIR/bin:$PATH export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=$KSTARS_DIR/lib:$LD_LIBRARY_PATH export KDEDIR=$KSTARS_DIR export KDEDIRS=$KDEDIR export XDG_DATA_DIRS=$XDG_DATA_DIRS:$KSTARS_DIR/share # update KDE's system configuration cache kbuildsycoca4 # start app $@
Make the script executable with chmod 755 ~/kde/run.sh. Now you can run the compiled KStars version with `~/kde/run.sh kstars`. Just calling `kstars` directly will start the system version of KStars.
You can keep your copy up-to-date by typing `git pull --rebase` in ~/kde/kstars. Feel free to send patches to our mailing list email@example.com. And join #kdeedu on irc.kde.org :–)