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0002781NetSurfGTK-specificpublic2020-07-12 17:04
Reporterkevin smith 
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Product Version3.10 
Target VersionFixed in Version 
Summary0002781: make fails on attempt to find gtk+ library
DescriptionAttempting to install 3.10 on Ubuntu 20.04, from source

following the Read.md - http://source.netsurf-browser.org/netsurf.git/plain/docs/quick-start.md

at 'Build and run Netsurf'
make fails with

...... output....
PKG.CNFG: GTK-3 (gtk+-3.0) failed

frontends/gtk/Makefile:46: *** Unable to find library for: GTK-3 (gtk+-3.0). Stop.

Attempted workaround (below) partially successful, but then produced an error I don't have the knowledge to investigate.

Steps To Reproduce
Follow steps in : http://source.netsurf-browser.org/netsurf.git/plain/docs/quick-start.md , as far as
'Build and run Netsurf'

~/dev-netsurf/workspace/netsurf$ make

fails as above.
PKG.CNFG: GTK-3 (gtk+-3.0) failed
frontends/gtk/Makefile:46: *** Unable to find library for: GTK-3 (gtk+-3.0). Stop.
Additional Informationuname -a
Linux AORUS 5.4.0-37-generic #41-Ubuntu SMP Wed Jun 3 18:57:02 UTC 2020 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux

Attempted workaround:
I replaced line 46 in the gtk/Makefile - with this:
$(eval $(call pkg config find and add,libgtk-3-0:amd64, GTK-$(NETSURF_GTK_MAJOR)))

Compilation then proceeded until:
 COMPILE: desktop/version.c
 COMPILE: frontends/gtk/about.c
In file included from frontends/gtk/about.c:35:
frontends/gtk/compat.h:29:10: fatal error: gtk/gtk.h: No such file or directory
   29 | #include <gtk/gtk.h>
      | ^~~~~~~~~~~
compilation terminated.
make: *** [Makefile:867: build/Linux-gtk3/frontends_gtk_about.o] Error 1

$ dpkg -l *gtk*[3]* | grep ^i

ii gir1.2-gtk-3.0:amd64 3.24.18-1ubuntu1 amd64 GTK graphical user interface library -- gir bindings
ii gstreamer1.0-gtk3:amd64 1.16.2-1ubuntu2 amd64 GStreamer plugin for GTK+3
ii ibus-gtk3:amd64 1.5.22-2ubuntu2 amd64 Intelligent Input Bus - GTK3 support
ii libavahi-ui-gtk3-0:amd64 0.7-4ubuntu7 amd64 Avahi GTK+ User interface library for GTK3
ii libdbusmenu-gtk3-4:amd64 16.04.1+18.10.20180917-0ubuntu6 amd64 library for passing menus over DBus - GTK+ version
ii libgtk-3-0:amd64 3.24.18-1ubuntu1 amd64 GTK graphical user interface library
ii libgtk-3-bin 3.24.18-1ubuntu1 amd64 programs for the GTK graphical user interface library
ii libgtk-3-common 3.24.18-1ubuntu1 all common files for the GTK graphical user interface library
ii libgtk3-perl 0.037-1 all Perl bindings for the GTK+ graphical user interface library
ii libgtkmm-3.0-1v5:amd64 3.24.2-1build1 amd64 C++ wrappers for GTK+ (shared libraries)
ii libwebkit2gtk-4.0-37:amd64 2.28.2-0ubuntu0.20.04.1 amd64 Web content engine library for GTK
ii libwxgtk3.0-gtk3-0v5:amd64 3.0.4+dfsg-15build1 amd64 wxWidgets Cross-platform C++ GUI toolkit (GTK 3 runtime)
ii python3-aptdaemon.gtk3widgets 1.1.1+bzr982-0ubuntu32.1 all Python 3 GTK+ 3 widgets to run an aptdaemon client
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kevin smith


kevin smith (reporter)

searching for gtk.h in the subdirectories below /dev-netsurf/workspace/ produced no result, if that is helpful
kevin smith


kevin smith (reporter)

I installed the dev gtk3 library

$sudo apt install libgtk-3-dev

and install proceeds until:

"make: *** No rule to make target 'content/fetchers/file.h', needed by 'build/Linux-gtk3/content_fetch.o'. Stop."
kevin smith


kevin smith (reporter)

Looking through the file system under workspace, I can see file.h is here


so another directory down from where make is looking for it?
Vincent Sanders


Vincent Sanders (administrator)

looks like you were missing build dependancies which you have resolved. This has left your working tree in a dirty state

use make clean (instead of make install) and you may make more progress

-Issue History
Date Modified Username Field Change
2020-06-20 15:55 kevin smith New Issue
2020-06-20 16:06 kevin smith Note Added: 0002267
2020-07-03 23:23 kevin smith Note Added: 0002272
2020-07-03 23:32 kevin smith Note Added: 0002273
2020-07-12 17:04 Vincent Sanders Note Added: 0002275
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