Installing EFL on OpenBSD

The Enlightenment Foundation Libraries (EFL) power millions of systems from mobile phones to set-top boxes, desktops, laptops, game systems and more. You'll need EFL if you want to develop apps for Enlightenment and for any of the devices that use Enlightenment for its visual interface.

This tutorial describes several ways to install EFL on your system. You will only need to use one of these. Select your chosen method using the index on the right.

The Enlightenment developers provide a pre-packaged source of EFL. Although not bleeding edge it is up to date and considered stable for production environments. You can download, compile and install it yourself by following the instructions in "Installing from Packaged Source".

You can also download the source code for the most recent version from the EFL git repositories. This will provide you with the latest code, which is updated on a nightly basis. To get started, read the section "Installing from Git".

Finally, there's an installer available for OpenBSD + Enlightenment in the last section "Enlightenment for OpenBSD Installer".

Whichever installation method you use, visit "Compiling EFL Applications" to discover how to compile your Enlightenment applications.

Installing from Packaged Source

There are two versions of EFL available from the Enlightenment website. One is the nightly bleeding edge version which you can download using git. The other is packaged and available from the EFL download page, which is the focus of this section.

Step 1: Downloading Stable Version

Download the latest version of EFL and check it against its SHA256 hash:

wget --no-check-certificate https://download.enlightenment.org/rel/libs/efl/efl-X.XX.X.tar.xz
wget --no-check-certificate https://download.enlightenment.org/rel/libs/efl/efl-X.XX.X.tar.xz.sha256
cat efl-X.XX.X.tar.xz.sha256; sha256sum efl-X.XX.X.tar.xz

Note that you'll need to change X.XX.X to the actual version of EFL e.g. efl-1.20.6.tar.xz

Step 2: Unpacking

Once you've downloaded the archive file containing EFL to your hard drive unpack it with:

tar xvf efl-X.XX.X.tar.xz

This will produce a folder named efl-X.XX.X.

Step 3: Installing Dependencies

su
pkg_add bullet check fribidi gettext-tools giflib git gmake gstreamer1 gstreamer1-plugins-base gstreamer1-plugins-good gstreamer1-plugins-bad gstreamer1-plugins-ugly gstreamer1-plugins-libav poppler libraw librsvg libspectre libtool libXp luajit m4 png pulseaudio tiff xprintproto meson ninja ibus

Step 4: Building and Installing

Set up these environment variables before building.

su
ulimit -n unlimited;
export PKG_CONFIG_PATH="/usr/local/lib/pkgconfig:/usr/X11R6/lib/pkgconfig"
export LDFLAGS="-lc++abi -lpthread -L/usr/lib -L/usr/X11R6/lib -L/usr/local/lib -L/usr/local/lib/pulseaudio"
export CC=clang
export CXX=clang++
export CFLAGS="-femulated-tls"

Once you have installed all the required packages and setup the build environment cd into the efl-X.XX.X folder and run:

meson build -Dsystemd=false -Deeze=false
ninja -C build
su
ninja -C build install

This will configure the files needed for compiling, compile the software itself and then install it.

Step 5: Carrying out Post Installation Tasks

Due to differing library soname versioning you also need to create necessary symbolic links ensuring full compatibility and working EFL on OpenBSD. These are subsequent to change, the important factor is that a valid symbolic link points to the destination as shown below:

su
ln -s /usr/local/lib/libcurl.so.25.14 /usr/local/libcurl.so.4
ln -s /usr/local/lib/libpulse.so.6.3 /usr/local/lib/libpulse.so.0
ln -s /usr/local/lib/libsndfile.so.5.0 /usr/local/lib/libsndfile.so.1

Installing from Git

You can also install the bleeding edge version of EFL by cloning it from the git repository.

Step 1: Installing git and Cloning

By default, git is not installed on OpenBSD, so the first step is to install it:

pkg_add git

Next clone EFL's source code:

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

This will create a directory named efl/.

Step 2: Installing Dependencies

As with packaged install, you'll need the following dependencies:

su
pkg_add bullet check fribidi gettext-tools giflib gmake gstreamer1 gstreamer1-plugins-base gstreamer1-plugins-good gstreamer1-plugins-bad gstreamer1-plugins-ugly gstreamer1-plugins-libav poppler libraw librsvg libspectre libtool libXp luajit m4 png pulseaudio tiff xprintproto meson ninja ibus

Step 3: Configuring the Software

Set up these environment variables before building.

su
ulimit -n unlimited;
export PKG_CONFIG_PATH="/usr/local/lib/pkgconfig:/usr/X11R6/lib/pkgconfig"
export LDFLAGS="-lc++abi -lpthread -L/usr/lib -L/usr/X11R6/lib -L/usr/local/lib -L/usr/local/lib/pulseaudio"
export CC=clang
export CXX=clang++
export CFLAGS="-femulated-tls"

Once you have installed all the required packages and setup the build environment cd into the efl-X.XX.X folder and run:

meson build -Dsystemd=false -Deeze=false
ninja -C build
su
ninja -C build install

Step 4: Carrying out Post Installation Tasks

Due to differing library soname versioning you also need to create necessary symbolic links ensuring full compatibility and working EFL on OpenBSD. These are subsequent to change, the important factor is that a valid symbolic link points to the destination as shown below:

ln -s /usr/local/lib/libcurl.so.25.14 /usr/local/libcurl.so.4
ln -s /usr/local/lib/libpulse.so.6.3 /usr/local/lib/libpulse.so.0
ln -s /usr/local/lib/libsndfile.so.5.0 /usr/local/lib/libsndfile.so.1

Troubleshooting

If you are having problems compiling and installing EFL you can find help on any of our IRC channels or post a ticket to our Phabricator.

Installing on Other Operating Systems

If you would like to install EFL on a different operating system visit the Installing EFL page.