Compiling Gaim2 on SUSE 10.1

Recently I couldn’t resist installing Gaim2. As there are no rpm’s for SUSE 10.1 (you could take a look at Guru’s repository, but that would be the easy way!) I had to compile from source. And by the way: it worked! 😉 So, here’s a little HOWTO.

First of all get the source (by the time of writing it’s Gaim2.0.0 beta4) from here and extract it to a temporary directory. Then you need some packages – as I’m using KDE – you might already have some of these installed if your preferred desktop is Gnome. Whatever, you need those:

  • gtk2-devel
  • debus-1-devel
  • gnutls-devel
  • gstreamer-devel
  • gstreamer010-devel
  • perl
  • tcl-devel
  • tk-devel

You should also install gstreamer/gstreamer010 and gestreamer-/gstreamer010-plugins to have sound in Gaim. If you never used gstreamer to play sound before (much likely If you’re using KDE) play a wave file by typing

gst-launch-0.10 playbin uri="file:///home/whatever/song.wav"

This will create some default entries in your home directory. Now open a console change to the directory where you saved the Gaim2 source. SUSE has Gnome installed in “/opt/gnome” so I’d recommend installing Gaim into that directory. The “cleaner” way would be to install into “/usr/local” which should work too, but I prefer the gnome-directory. You can choose the location by invoking the configure script with appropriate –prefix. A note for SUSE amd64 users: you are compiling of course for your architecture and if you want the libraries to end up in “/opt/gnome/lib64” you need to edit the configure script (located in the source directory). Open it in your favorite editor, search for a line like libdir=’${exec_prefix}/lib’ and replace it by libdir=’${exec_prefix}/lib64′. Then start by typing:

./configure --prefix=/opt/gnome

Watch out for error messages and have a special look at the last part which should look like this:

Build GTK+ 2.x UI............. : yes
Build console UI.............. : no

Protocols to build dynamically : gg irc jabber msn novell oscar qq simple yahoo zephyr
Protocols to link statically.. :

Build with GStreamer support.. : yes
Build with DBUS support....... : yes
DBUS servies directory........ : /opt/gnome/share/dbus-1/services
SSL Library/Libraries......... : GnuTLS
Build with Cyrus SASL support. : no
Use kerberos 4 with zephyr.... : no
Use external libzephyr........ : no
Has you....................... : yes

Use XScreenSaver Extension.... : yes
Use X Session Management...... : yes
Use startup notification...... : no
Build with GtkSpell support... : yes

Build with plugin support..... : yes
Build with Mono support....... : no
Build with Perl support....... : yes
Build with Tcl support........ : yes
Build with Tk support......... : yes

Print debugging messages...... : no
Assertions are fatal.......... : no

Gaim will be installed in /opt/gnome/bin.
Warning: You have an old copy of gaim at /opt/gnome/bin/gaim.

configure complete, now type 'make'

If there are any “no’s” where you expected a “yes” go and install the corresponding dev-package and run the configure-script again! I couldn’t figure out which would be needed to get mono support, but then I didn’t care anyway. If you’re satisfied with the output of the configure-script go ahead and type


This my take a while. Once finished, switch to root and then install Gaim2:

make install

This will also create an entry in K-menu (Internet -> Other Programs) but I recommend starting Gaim2 from console for the first time (just type ‘gaim’). It gave me an error message saying that could not be loaded. A little surprise because the file was actually present. I just rebooted SUSE (coming from Windows I know that’s always a good idea before it’s time to panic…) and then Gaim2 started up!