This wiki page is just a scratchpad for now. It may become a sort of howto, who knows?!? ;) Actually, it's related to my Enlightenment installation on DEVUAN, so without systemd, pulseandio and similar bloatware :)

PS: pulseaudio is now needed for bluetooth to work, so unfortunately I'm still using it, but I'm working for a replacement using ALSA and some other stuff. Stay tuned!

http://devuan.org for more details on my distro without systemd bloatware! ;)

Many thanks to the "e" IRC channel on Freenode for all the support I received and the patience to answer my silly questions! :)

Install from sources

Git repo:

BASE install

You need:

apt-get install joe mc git build-essential autoconf autopoint check 

(Yes, I use Joe as editor because I'm used to Wordstar commands since '80 ;) Any editor can work :) )


As stated in https://www.enlightenment.org/docs/distros/start :

You will want to ensure the default prefix /usr/local is available to build tools. If you know what you are doing, you can change the prefix, but this here shall assume you do not, and the above prefix is used. These environment variables are used during build, so you may want to make them more permanent.

export PATH=/usr/local/bin:"$PATH"
export PKG_CONFIG_PATH=/usr/local/lib/pkgconfig:"$PKG_CONFIG_PATH"
export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=/usr/local/lib:"$LD_LIBRARY_PATH"

Below choose one of the following CFLAGS to use. To ensure your code is compiled with decent optimzations you should also set this up in your environment:

export CFLAGS="-O3 -ffast-math -march=native"

Note that if you wish to compile for older architectures than your current system, please look up the compiler documentation and replace -march=native with something appropriate.

If you wish decently optimized code that is still debuggable (but that optimizations may still make a little hard to debug) you can do:

export CFLAGS="-O2 -ffast-math -march=native -g -ggdb3"

If you want a really debuggable piece of code where optimizations mess with little to nothing at all use:

export CFLAGS="-O -g -ffast-math -march=native -ggdb3"

Runtime Library Linking

Note the LD_LIBRARY_PATH environment variable is set. You can ensure the system always supports /usr/local/lib by editing /etc/ld.so.conf or adding a file to /etc/ld.so.conf.d and simply have a line in either file that says:


And remember to run sudo ldconfig tool every time you install a library to ensure caches are updated.

Build Order

For libraries (build these before applications), build them in order:


Then any further applications or tools (in any order now) such as:




 git clone https://git.enlightenment.org/core/efl.git

(NOTA, da dentro una dir, se devi prelevare o aggiornare efl, per dire, fai solo "git pull" E BASTA) (guarda git howto)

Require: meson / ninja!

As root:

apt-get install python3-pip

pip3 install meson

apt install ninja-build pkg-config cmake  libssl-dev libjpeg-dev zlib1g-dev libglib2.0-dev libdbus-1-dev libharfbuzz-dev libpoppler-cpp-dev libspectre-dev librsvg2-dev doxygen libssl-dev libjpeg-dev libsdl2-dev libluajit-5.1-dev libfribidi-dev libgif-dev libtiff-dev libmount-dev libblkid-dev libsndfile1-dev x11proto-print-dev libxtst-dev libbullet-dev libfreetype6-dev libfontconfig1-dev libraw-dev libxcomposite-dev libtool libtool-bin libgstreamer1.0-dev libgstreamer-plugins-base1.0-dev gnutls-dev libwebp  


  499  apt install libinput-dev


  500  apt search libinput
  501  apt install mtdev-dev
  502  apt install mtdev
  503  apt-file search mtdev
  504  apt install libmtdev-dev
  505  apt-file search mtdev
  506  ./config
  507  ./configure
  508  apt install libevdev-dev
  509  ./configure
  510  apt install libwacom-dev
  511  ./configure
  512  make
  514  make install
  515  ldconfig -v
  516  apt install libopenjp2-dev
  517  apt install libopenjp2
  518  apt search libopenjp
  519  apt search libopenjp2-7-dev
  520  apt install libopenjp2-7-dev
  521  apt install gbm
  522  apt search gbm
  523  apt install libgbm-dev
  524  apt search scim
  525  apt install libscim-dev
  526  history
  527  history

Look at the meson_options.txt for opts to disable with -D as below!

And the final step is:

# CHECK IF YOU NEED Pulseaudio SHIT or not. here!\

meson --prefix=/usr/local -Dsystemd=false -Dpulseaudio=false -Davahi=false . build

# -Dfb=true-Ddrm=true -Dwl=false -Dnetwork-backend=connman -Dbindings= -Dbuild-examples=false -Dbuild-tests=false
#  -Dopengl=es-egl ma meglio full 

# #define EGL_DMA_BUF_PLANE3_FD_EXT         0x3440 in src/modules/evas/engines/gl_drm/evas_engine.c

ninja -C build
sudo ninja -C build install
sudo ldconfig 

And that's it!

BEWARE if you use that prefix, some libs will go in /usr/local/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/ instead of /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/ but that's missing in /etc/ld.so.conf.d/somewhere, so ldconfig won't found the libraries and the following compilations will FAIL with missing lib errors!

You need to add /usr/local/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/ in /etc/ld.so.conf.d/somewhere accordingly and do ldconfig again, as root.


git clone http://git.enlightenment.org/core/enlightenment.git/

# I need to disable PAM here? Dunno. -Dpam=false in case?
meson --prefix=/usr/local -Dsystemd=false -Dpulseaudio=false -Davahi=false . build

ninja -C build
sudo ninja -C build install
sudo ldconfig 


git clone https://git.enlightenment.org/apps/terminology.git
./configure --prefix=/usr/local # but he does exactly that after autogen.sh ;)
make install

ecrire, text editor

This doesn't use meson/ninja, it goes as follow:

git clone https://git.enlightenment.org/apps/ecrire.git

mkdir build
cd build
cmake ..
make install

everything goes into /usr/local ;)


Sudo apt install libast-dev

git clone https://git.enlightenment.org/apps/eterm.git
./configure --prefix=/usr/local
sudo make install


this goes in /usr/local by default

git clone https://git.enlightenment.org/apps/equate.git
sudo make install

wlan monitoring module

git clone http://git.enlightenment.org/enlightenment/modules/wlan.git
./configure --prefix=/usr/local
sudo make install

cpu monitor module

git clone http://git.enlightenment.org/enlightenment/modules/cpu.git/
./configure --prefix=/usr/local
sudo make install


Some warnings here, dunno if it's ok.

git clone http://git.enlightenment.org/apps/rage.git/
ninja -C build
sudo ninja -C build install


connman / econnman

for econnman you need:

git clone https://git.enlightenment.org/bindings/python/python-efl.git
apt-get install cython
python setup.py build
python setup.py install


git clone https://git.enlightenment.org/apps/econnman.git
./configure --prefix=/usr/local --localstatedir=/var
make install

apt-get install intltool openconnect libgtk-3-dev libgtk-3-0
git clone https://github.com/jgke/connman-gtk.git
./configure --prefix=/usr/local
make install

just launch "connman-gtk" ;)

connman isn't an E package, so apt-get install connman ! :) but warning, it does remove wicd! so do it when you're almost sure. apt-get autoremove will help clean out stuff.

or use packages by Martinx - ジェームズ (Devuan community)



Not needed if using the EFL from git.

 git clone https://git.enlightenment.org/core/elementary.git

poi ./autogen.sh ./configure

Starting the whole thing

It's not automatic in Devuan, dunno why.

I installed lightdm. Also, I had to create this:

asbesto@rover:~$ cat /usr/share/xsessions/e.desktop
[Desktop Entry]
Comment=Use this session to run E as your desktop environment

and now lightdm see it as a dm. :)

Tap to click - scroll bar shit

Added into InputClass section of /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d/50-synaptics.conf :

        Option "TapButton1" "1"
        Option "VertEdgeScroll" "1"

Repositories for E18/E19 ?

 sudo add-apt-repository ppa:niko2040/e19
 sudo apt-get update
 sudo apt-get install enlightenment


To disable edge flipping, open the Settings Panel, go to the Input tab, and select Edge Bindings. You can disable all the edge bindings there.

If you use /usr/local:

  Your installation prefix is *NOT* /usr so this means you need to ensure some files are visible to dbus otherwise services cannot be started when needed. You will need to do the following:

System-wide installation:

  ln -s /usr/local/share/dbus-1/services/org.enlightenment.Ethumb.service /usr/share/dbus-1/services/org.enlightenment.Ethumb.service

  or add "/usr/local/share" to $XDG_DATA_DIRS

User installation:

  ln -s /usr/local/share/dbus-1/services/org.enlightenment.Ethumb.service ~/.local/share/dbus-1/services/org.enlightenment.Ethumb.service

In case of error:

./configure: line 8396: syntax error near unexpected token `win32-dll'
./configure: line 8396: `LT_INIT(win32-dll disable-static pic-only)'


root@rover:/home/asbesto/Desktop/src/e/efl# aclocal
configure.ac:276: warning: macro 'AM_GNU_GETTEXT_VERSION' not found in library
configure.ac:285: warning: macro 'AM_GNU_GETTEXT' not found in library
configure.ac:374: warning: macro 'AM_PATH_LIBGCRYPT' not found in library


root@rover:/home/asbesto/Desktop/src/e/efl# autoreconf -i
configure.ac:285: warning: The 'AM_PROG_MKDIR_P' macro is deprecated, and its use is discouraged.
configure.ac:285: You should use the Autoconf-provided 'AC_PROG_MKDIR_P' macro instead,
configure.ac:285: and use '$(MKDIR_P)' instead of '$(mkdir_p)'in your Makefile.am files.


edita configure alla riga 8396 e leva la merda di riga, che non c'entra un cazzo, rilancia configure and you see that works. 

ma anche installa libtool e libtool-bin,

root@rover:/home/asbesto/Desktop/src/e/efl# apt-get install libtool libtool-bin 

poi ridai questo:

 autoheader \
    && aclocal \
    && libtoolize --ltdl --copy --force \
    && automake --add-missing --copy \
    && autoconf \
    && ./configure con tutte le tue opzioni del cazzo

Those are unnecessary, graphic acceleration will be use automagically if available.

  --enable-fb             enable raw Framebuffer access. [default=disabled]
  --enable-eglfs          enable hardware accelerated framebuffer access.
  --enable-drm            enable drm engine. [default=disabled]
  --enable-gl-drm         enable gl drm engine. [default=disabled]

  --enable-egl            enable EGL rendering. [default=disabled]


Enlightenment (last edited 2020-03-06 15:26:21 by asbesto)