[kde-solaris] Installation questions

Stefan Teleman steleman at nyc.rr.com
Mon Feb 13 03:46:00 CET 2006

On Sunday 12 February 2006 18:25, Dino Linux wrote:
> Hi!
> I tried installing KDE on a Solaris 10 X86 box with no luck. I
> don't understand how to install the packages on the kde ftp site.
> And even after reading the installation instructions, I still don't
> get it. I'm new to Solaris (been using it for about a month), but I
> have expirence with UNIX like systems. I have installed packages
> using pkgadd before, but I can't find any KDE packages in that
> format. I wouldn't mind compiling KDE from source, but I don't know
> how since I don't have make installed here. If someone could point
> me in the right direction I be very happy.


1. Download the packages for your platform (IA32AMD32).
2. The packages are archived and compressed as *.tar.bz2.
3. The files ending in *.md5 are the MD5 checksums for the respective 
packages (you can check this way if the package you downloaded is 
indeed the one i uploaded).
4. Uncompress the package (bunzip2 <package-name>.tar.bz2)
5. Un-tar the package (tar xvf <package-name>.tar).
6. At this point you'll have the old tar archive <package-name>.tar 
and the package per se.
7. install the package with:
%> pkgadd -d `pwd` <package-name> # backticks not single quote
(you must be root to do this, since the packages install under /opt, 
which is usually owned by root).
8. If the package installed correctly (which it should), you can 
remove the archive of the package.
9. Repeat with the next package, until you have installed all of them.

The preferred order of installing these packages is:


If you are missing the libsunmath.so.1 libraries 
(under /usr/lib/libsunmath.so.1 and /usr/lib/amd64/libsunmath.so.1), 
you should also install

KDEkderuntime-343 (this package installs these libraries).

If you also want, you can install KDEblender-237a at this point. These 
packages are part of the "required" package bundle. Without these, 
KDE simply will not work at all.

Now, you are ready to install KDE 3.4.3 proper. You should install 
these packages first, in this order:


After this, you can install the packages in any order you like, it 
does not really matter. I would recommend you install everything, 
because there are many inter-dependencies, and, because if you skip a 
package, you will miss that functionality.

After you are done installing the packages, there are some patches to 
be installed (which were released after the 3.4.3 distro), in the 
following order:


The patches are archived and compressed exactly like the KDE packages 

You can install these patches with

%> patchadd -M `pwd` <patch-package> # backticks, not single quote

pkgadd and patchadd live in /usr/sbin. You should make sure /usr/sbin 
is in root's path.

After installing all the patches, the installation is finished. 
Obviously, you don't need to keep the packages or patches after you 
have installed them. Now you can proceed to the configuration. To do 
this, please read the installation instructions (there are quite a 
few of them, there are some configuration files which need to be 
edited, and there is a small program named 'mkdtlogin' which needs to 
be run, and which creates your dtlogin session menu for KDE). Please 
read these instructions carefully. :-)

You can download the 3.4.3 distro packages + patches here:

The installation instructions are here:

This is just an example where you can find KDE 3.4.3. If you search in 
Google for 'KDE 3.4.3 Solaris', you will get many more sites where 
you can find the distro. 

If you run into problems, or have questions, just email me directly.


Stefan Teleman          'Nobody Expects the Spanish Inquisition'
steleman at nyc.rr.com                          -Monty Python

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