i'm trying to install balsa email reader on my ubuntu for dev purposes (i'm new to linux).. and i run into this issue after issuing the ./autogen --enable-all command:

checking wether we have gnome-keyring... no
checking Gmime version.. configure: error: Gmime 2.6 or 2.4 not detected

i already ran apt-get install libgmime-2.6-0

and i get libgmime-2.6-0 is already the newest version so i'm confused..

update: ok it seems that i have gnome-keyring installed.. but then i'm trying to install gmime from sources.. i did the traditional ./configure and make.. but then i run into this issue:

error: unknown type name 'gpgme_decrypt_result_t' any ideas?
  • ah! it seems that keyring is installed.. but what about gmime? i'm trying to install it from sources.. isn't there a simple binary i can just double click and install? or some sudo-apt command for it? – abbood Feb 14 '13 at 12:18
  • btw am i asking this question in the right forum? or is it supposed to be in stackoverflow or something? – abbood Feb 14 '13 at 12:36
  • You could try asking in Launchpad as well both Launchpad and this forum are here for users to help other users. The difference is while this forum tries to create a single set of questions and answers. Launchpad has more people asking similar questions: here if a question is too similar to an existing one it gets flagged as a duplicate. – Warren Hill Feb 14 '13 at 12:59
  • if you enable the universe repository there is a package gmime-bin. If this is what you want it can be installed with sudo apt-get install -y gmime-bin – Warren Hill Feb 14 '13 at 15:26
  • @WarrenHill, the -y is completely unnecessary, it only keeps apt-get from asking questions, which is a bad thing™ when using sudo. – guntbert Feb 14 '13 at 20:15

The balsa email client can be installed directly in Ubuntu.

First Enable the Universe repository then enter the folowing

sudo apt-get install balsa

In Precise (12.04) the version is 2.4.11-1 and in Quantal (12.10) it's 2.4.12-1

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  • I was actually looking to compile it from source.. b/c the whole point was to debug it.. not to use it as a consumer – abbood Feb 22 '13 at 12:15
  • In that case try sudo apt-get build-dep balsa It should install all the build dependences of balsa for you. If you want the source code for the version of balsa in Ubuntu you can use apt-get source balsa but I am assuming you already have the source for a later version. To install the run time dependences take a look at this question The code is sudo apt-get install $(apt-cache depends balsa | grep Depends | sed "s/.*ends:\ //" | tr '\n' ' ') – Warren Hill Feb 22 '13 at 14:01

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