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How to install Pidgin 2.4.3 in Linux Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn by compiling its source code(to compile Pidgin source code)

First, remove Gaim by MainMenu-> Add/Remove-> Gaim

Use synaptic to install the required packages...
search for libgtk2.0 -> to install libgtk2.0-0 and libgtk2.0-dev
search for gstreamer0.10 -> to install libgstreamer0.10-0 libgstreamer0.10-dev libgstreamer0.10-plugins-good libgstreamer0.10-plugins-ugly
libgstreamer0.10-plugins-bad libgstreamer0.10-plugins-ffmpeg
search for gtkspell -> to install libgtkspell0 and libgtkspell-dev

Open a terminal by MainMenu > Accessories > Terminal

Download pidgin-2.4.3.tar.bz2 from Pidgin website

Unzip/extract pidgin-2.4.3.tar.bz2 into a foler called pidgin-2.4.3 by
double clicking on tar.bz2 file-> click on Extract button-> Extract

Put that folder on your Desktop
Then type the commands (without "# ")

# cd Desktop/pidgin-2.4.3

# ./configure

Then if you encounter the following message...
quote "XScreenSaver extension development headers not found.
Use --disable-screensaver if you do not need XScreenSaver extension support, this is required for detecting idle time by mouse and keyboard usage.
" end of quote
Open Synaptic and search for "xscreensaver"

Then I found a package called "xscreensaver", but it had no its dev file, so I had to skip that support by enter the following in the terminal...

# ./configure --disable-screensaver

Then if you encounter the following message...
quote "Startup notification development headers not found.
Use --disable-startup-notification if you do not need it.
" end of quote
Open Synaptic and search for "startup notification"
Install libstartup-notification0 and its dev file libstartup-notification0-dev
Then run the same command again ...

# ./configure --disable-screensaver

Meanwhile development headers not found.
Use --disable-meanwhile if you do not need meanwhile (Sametime) support.
-> synaptic search: meanwhile -> install Meanwhile and its dev

avahi development headers not found.
Use --disable-avahi if you do not need avahi (Bonjour) support.
-> synaptic search: avahi bonjour
libavahi-compat-libdnssd-dev for
Development headers for the Avahi Apple Bonjour compatibility library
is not the one I need,
so I give up by adding "--disable-avahi" after ./configure
# ./configure --disable-screensaver --disable-avahi

D-Bus development headers not found.
Use --disable-dbus if you do not need D-Bus support.
-> libdbus-1-dev, simple interprocess messaging system (development headers) is not the one, so I put down "... no" here.

Perl development headers not found.
Use --disable-perl if you do not need Perl scripting support.
-> libperl-dev, Perl library: ... yes

Neither GnuTLS or NSS SSL development headers found.
Use --disable-nss --disable-gnutls if you do not need SSL support.
MSN, Novell Groupwise and Google Talk will not work without GnuTLS or NSS. OpenSSL is NOT usable!
-> libgnutls-dev, the GNU TLS library -- development files...yes

Tcl development headers not found.
Use --disable-tcl if you do not need Tcl scripting support.
-> tcl8.4-dev, Tcl (the Tool Command Language) v8.4 -- development files... yes

Tk development headers not found.
Use --disable-tk if you do not need Tk scripting support.
-> tk8.4-dev, Tk toolkit for Tcl and X11, v8.4 -- development files...yes

So eventually, the command becomes ...
# ./configure --disable-screensaver --disable-avahi --disable-dbus
Then I followed the README and INSTALL files inside pidgin-2.4.3 folder..
# sudo make
# make check
# sudo make install
# make clean
# make distclean
# pidgin or # finch
or MainMenu > Internet > Pidgin

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20 Comments to “How to install Pidgin 2.4.3 in Ubuntu 7.04 (Feisty Fawn) From source code”

  1. CracKPod says:

    Why don’t they simply pack those libraries in the tarball? It’s so useless to always need to download some development files from somehwere just to compile a simple little application like Pidgin and install it.
    Just pack it as a *.deb and you’re done.

    Really…

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  2. xyz says:

    there is even better way, to install it directly from DEB package, from here:
    http://www.getdeb.net/app/Pidgin

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  3. leshiy says:

    just run

    sudo apt-get build-dep pidgin

    and that will install all the missing dependencies. That work for any application which you’re trying to compile from source, as long as ubuntu is familiar with the package ( ie has it in its repositories db )

    not sure if aptitude has a similar option. if some one knows – share :)

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  4. Chris Lees says:

    There is one additional step:

    When you run the configure script and you see the line “Checking for pot ‘o’ gold: Not found”, you are obliged to chuckle.

    @CracKPod: Some of those libraries can introduce security flaws if old versions are used, so it’s better for the user to get known good versions from their distro, rather than use a possibly old and insecure version that would be included in the Pidgin tarball. Also, at compile-time you can enable some spiffy features – you can’t do that if you’re just installing a Debian package.

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  5. m1xram says:

    Leshiy,
    Thanks for the useful information. To all others I would suggest ignoring the “How Not to Fix Any Problems” article above. I did…

    sudo apt-get build-dep gaim
    sudo apt-get install network-manager-dev

    … then I could build it with all the features enabled.

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  6. Djoko Srs says:

    Bonjour,… try search avahi-glib in synaptic — libavahi-glib-dev … :-) …. sorry my english isn’t good

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  7. Ishino says:

    The tip from Leshiy helped me to install Pidgin 2.5 on Hardy, thx!

    sudo apt-get build-dep pidgin
    sudo apt-get install network-manager-dev

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  8. George B. says:

    for xscreensaver install libxss-dev

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  9. leo.china says:

    there is list,all of pidgin is need.

    XScreenSaver extension development headers not found.: libxss-dev

    Startup notification development headers not found.: libstartup-notification0-dev

    GStreamer development headers not found.: libgstreamer0.10-dev

    Meanwhile development headers not found.: libmeanwhile-dev

    D-Bus development headers not found.: libdbus-1-dev libdbus-glib-1-dev

    NetworkManager development headers not found.: network-manager-dev

    Perl development headers not found.: libperl-dev

    Tcl development headers not found.: tcl8.4-dev

    Tk development headers not found.: tk8.4.dev

    GtkSpell development headers not found.?libgtkspell-dev

    avahi development headers not found.:libavahi-client-dev libavahi-glib-dev

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  10. Venkatesh says:

    A million thanks to leo.china for his valuable info :)

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  11. anonim says:

    Thanks for the list

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  12. Yatta says:

    One small adjustment I would make, when you are finished with “make distclean”
    run:
    sudo ldconfig

    Before when i tried to run pidgin i received:
    pidgin: error while loading shared libraries: libpurple.so.0: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

    I ran the above command voila!!!!
    BTW I compiled on Gutsy

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  13. stano says:

    thanks very much !

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  14. Lindylex says:

    Leshiy because of that post you added years to my life!

    Leshiy Says:
    July 14th, 2008 at 2:39 am
    just run
    sudo apt-get build-dep pidgin
    and that will install all the missing dependencies.

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  15. SWAP says:

    I know this post is old one but just to inform that I installed Pidgin with everything.I didn’t skip anything.There is avahi pac avaialable,d-bus pack available and Xscreensaver too.I installed some tk pack which installed Xscreensaver dev pack too. :) ;)

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  16. Zolta says:

    Same here
    ./configure
    misses some libraries

    solution: before you run
    sudo apt-get build-dep pidgin
    you need to set synaptic to use the lenny-backports distribution packeges

    configure complete
    now the make makes pidgin 2.6.3

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  17. erdos says:

    thank so much! this solved my problem!

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  18. andcb says:

    thanks! it help me!

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  19. peawormsworth says:

    very useful. Although a summary apt-get line would be useful to speed up importing all those packages.

    Also, I am getting using a –disable-vv configure directive as voice/video dev files are missing. Any tips on how to get those packages?

    Error is:
    Dependencies for voice/video were not met.
    Install the necessary gstreamer and farstream packages first.
    * tried to find and install these packages, but couldnt seem to find the right ones.

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