How to build Ark on Linux
Step 0 - Install build dependencies
Some distributions allow to install the build-time dependencies of any package with a single command. For example, on Debian or Ubuntu you can just run the following command:
sudo apt-get build-dep ark
If you are running the Plasma desktop, you should have most of these dependencies already installed. Usually one needs to manually install only the
Step 1 - Build ark
Like most KDE projects, Ark relies on the CMake build-system. This means that compiling Ark is as simple as running the following commands:
mkdir build && cd build cmake .. make
Everything should work fine, provided that you installed all the required build dependencies.
Step 2 - Install ark
Once you built Ark, it's time to install it with the
make install command. However, by default CMake will use /usr/local as install prefix, so you will have to run
sudo make install.
At this point your should be able to run /usr/local/bin/ark. If Ark fails to start with the Unable to find Ark's KPart component, please check your installation. error, you need to run cmake with the additional -DKDE_INSTALL_USE_QT_SYS_PATHS=ON argument:
cmake -DKDE_INSTALL_USE_QT_SYS_PATHS=ON ..
Install to custom location
When running cmake, you can set the install prefix to whatever directory you want to install Ark in. For example
cmake -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=/home/foo/whatever -DKDE_INSTALL_LIBDIR=lib ..
This way you can run
make install without having to type to sudo password. However, you will need to set a bunch of environment variables, in order to have everything working:
# Install prefix, choose any folder you want export KF5=~/home/foo/whatever export XDG_DATA_DIRS=$KF5/share:$XDG_DATA_DIRS export XDG_CONFIG_DIRS=$KF5/etc/xdg:/etc/xdg export PATH=$KF5/bin:$PATH export QT_PLUGIN_PATH=$KF5/lib/plugins:$QT_PLUGIN_PATH
Step 3 - Run tests
TODO Write a tutorial for an ark-friendly kdesrc-build configuration. Reference: https://community.kde.org/Guidelines_and_HOWTOs/Build_from_source
How to contribute to Ark
Development of Ark is tracked on phabricator. This includes code reviews and tasks.
Follow the instructions in the HACKING file: https://phabricator.kde.org/diffusion/ARK/browse/master/HACKING
You can find a list of currently open tasks in the Ark workboard: https://phabricator.kde.org/tag/ark/