To succesfully compile Sylpheed, you need at least:
Optionally you need:
- Any POSIX compliant UNIX or similar OS eg. Linux, FreeBSD, Solaris
GTK+ 2.4.x or later
- A recent ANSI C compiler (
gcc 2.95 should also work).
(for encryption and signature)
(for SSL support)
(for LDAP connection)
- IPv6 support can be turned on (if your system supports it)
(for Palm addressbook use)
- Libetpan (for IMAP4
- libgnomeprint(ui) (for extended printing support)
- Aspell (for spell checker support)
- SpamAssassin (for SpamAssassin plugin support)
- Clam AntiVirus (for Clam AntiVirus plugin support)
- Dillo (for Dillo HTML viewer plugin support)
- GtkMathView (for MathML viewer plugin support)
- Download the latest version of the Sylpheed-Claws package from
- Untar the sourcefiles to a new directory
- tar -zxf sylpheed-claws-x.x.x.tar.gz (for tar.gz)
- tar -jxf sylpheed-claws-x.x.x.tar.bz2 (for tar.bz2)
- cd to the new sylpheed-claws-x.x.x directory
- Run ./configure to check your environment and create the
installation make files
- Run the 'make' program which will compile the sources. Do not
proceed with this step if there are fatal errors in the previous step.
Fatal errors indicate that things are missing in order to compile
If the make process has completed, run "make install" (as root), to
install the program and the supportfiles.
Compiling Sylpheed-Claws with
You can choose to compile Sylpheed-Claws with some optional features
Use ./configure --help to list configuration syntax and options.
The following optional features can be enabled:
- Jpilot: to use you PDA addressbook with Sylpheed-Claws. You will
need the Jpilot library (and pilot-link, too).
Enable this option with the --enable-jpilot configure switch.
- GnuPG: Sylpheed-Claws can encrypt and sign your messages (also
and verify the signatures of the incoming messages) using GnuPG.
GnuPG follows the OpenPGP standard and is compatible with PGP.
To enable this feature, you need to install GnuPG and GPGME (interface
library to GnuPG). This is automatically enabled if possible.
- LDAP: Sylpheed-Claws can connect to a LDAP server in order to
query mail addresses. To enable this feature you will need the
Enable this option with the --enable-ldap configure switch.
- X-Face: you can create a small picture (of your face, or
of anything else) that will be sent in the header of your mails.
This option is enabled if the compface library is found and
can be disabled using the --disable-compface configure switch.
- SSL: OpenSSL support
will be automatically built if openssl is available with its
- libetpan: libetpan is
required to build IMAP4 support. As this is important, if libetpan
isn't present, configure will fail. You can force a build with no IMAP4
support by using --disable-libetpan.
All these features require additional libraries and tools that may
not be part
of your distribution. You can find them at the addresses listed at the
of this chapter, here.
As root, run the "rpm -Uvh " command on the RPM file you downloaded.
As soon as this process is complete you can run Sylpheed-Claws as user.
With an internet connection :
apt-get install sylpheed-claws (to install it with a internet
Without internet connection, fetch the debian package for example on
dpkg -i sylpheed-claws-gtk2_x.x.x-1i386.deb
dpkg --install sylpheed-claws-gtk2_x.x.x-1i386.deb
using the /stand/sysinstall tool (it is a menu-based interface) :
run "/stand/sysinstall" as root
in the main menu choose "Configure" -> "Packages" -> "mail",
then "sylpheed-claws" then, back to the "Packages" list, choose
Using the ports
Get the Sylpheed-Claws port on :
then, as root: pkg-add sylpheed-claws-x.x.x.tgz
using the ports with compiling:
first, update your port, fetch it on http://www.freebsd.org/ports/mail.html
If it succeeds, type "make install"
In case it fails, fetch the required package if necessary
(on the same page), put the package file in /usr/ports/distfiles/
- cd /usr/ports/mail/sylpheed-claws
- make install
Need a more up-to-date version ?
Just use the Unix standard method (see "Nuts and bolts of