Building & Installing Geary 0.4
These instructions are for building Geary 0.4.x. See the INSTALL file if you're building from git.
Fetch and extract the latest tarball from https://download.gnome.org/sources/geary/0.4/
To build, from the extracted folder run:
$ ./configure $ make
Building Geary requires Vala 0.20.1 or higher with a full GIR repository, intltool, cmake, and desktop-file-validate.
The developer packages (headers) for the following libraries are also required when building any version of Geary:
messaging-menu (optional; enables support for Ubuntu Unity messaging menu)
unity (optional; enables support for Ubuntu Unity launcher)
Most of these are standard libraries available from major distros' repositories.
Geary requires WebKitGTK-3 1.10 or higher. However, it will not build with WebKitGTK-3 versions 2.1.1 to 188.8.131.52. See this ticket for more details.
On Fedora 18, you can install build dependencies for Geary as follows:
$ sudo yum install vala gobject-introspection-devel intltool cmake \ desktop-file-utils libcanberra-devel libgee-devel glib2-devel gmime-devel \ gtk3-devel libnotify-devel sqlite-devel unique3-devel webkitgtk3-devel \ libsecret-devel libxml2-devel
In Ubuntu versions prior to 13.10, you can install Vala 0.20 from the Vala PPA, which you can add to your system as follows:
$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:vala-team/ppa $ sudo apt-get update $ sudo apt-get upgrade
Ubuntu 13.10 already ships with the correct version of Vala.
In either case, you can obtain the dependencies for Geary with this command:
$ sudo apt-get install valac-0.20 libgirepository1.0-dev intltool cmake \ desktop-file-utils libcanberra-dev libgee-0.8-dev libglib2.0-dev \ libgmime-2.6-dev libgtk-3-dev libsecret-1-dev libxml2-dev libnotify-dev \ libsqlite3-dev libunique-3.0-dev libwebkitgtk-3.0-dev libmessaging-menu-dev \ libunity-dev
Note that Ubuntu 12.04 does not have all the dependencies to build Geary from git; here are some hints on getting everything installed.
You should check that you are using the right version of valac with the command valac --version:
The version number must be at least 0.20.1. If it reports an earlier version, run
$ sudo update-alternatives --config valac
and select 0.20 there.
Once compiled, Geary can be run straight from the build directory:
It will prompt for a username and a password. Geary will then fetch all the account folders and load the most recent messages from the Inbox.
After building, Geary can be installed with:
$ sudo make install
and removed with:
$ sudo make uninstall