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Ive been using Mint, and more recently Ubuntu for over a year now. Ive learned a lot, and know my way around most things. However, Ive yet to learn to compile and install things. This wouldnt be much of a problem if the guides for just about everything in .tar.gz form always went through. I cant for the life of me find a good guide on how to compile and install things in a tarball, and Id appreciate a good, easy, explanatory guide that will finally solve this for me.

Also, Ive been trying to install SmoothTasks (Or at least I believe its called)- Its a windows 7-like taskbar for kde. I cant figure how to install it, and would appreciate the help. I know its an easy question, but it would help me very very much to finally understand tarball installation, and how to finally pull one through. Thanks.

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Many applications are in the official repositories. SmoothTasks is a plasma widget: http://packages.ubuntu.com/search?keywords=plasma-widget-smooth-tasks&searchon=names&suite=oneiric&section=all



Searching the plasma-widget-smooth-tasks: https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+ppas?name_filter=plasma-widget-smooth-tasks

Building from the sources

A start point: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/CompilingSoftware or https://help.ubuntu.com/community/CompilingEasyHowTo

Generic plasmoid build

From a plasmoid README file:

cd /where/your/applet/is/decompressed

mkdir build

cd build

cmake -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX='kde4-config --prefix' ..


sudo make install

Different KDE versions. KDE 4.7 vs KDE 4.8


Build depencies


I tried installing on KDE 4.7, then on KDE 4.8. Both give me missing dependency reports (if you need to see them I'll post them)


The base package for the building:

  • build-essential

If you have this package installed, you only need to install whatever a package specifies as its build-time dependencies to build the package.

From the official Ubuntu package: plasma-widget-smooth-tasks/debian/control; Build-Depends:

  • gettext
  • kde-workspace-dev
  • libx11-dev
  • cmake
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I tried installing on KDE 4.7, then on KDE 4.8. Both give me missing dependency reports (if you need to see them I'll post them) every time I try installing, and I've yet to find a solution to this. Anyone have any ideas?? –  Robert Sederholm Mar 7 '12 at 18:39
I'd really appreciate some help, if possible. –  Robert Sederholm Mar 10 '12 at 17:25

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