Using these instructions, I could get gedit 3.10.4 to run on ubuntu 16.04.

Now, I need to install the version of gedit-plugins that corresponds to gedit 3.10.4. The sources are here but I have not been able to get them to work.

More precisely, I did:

dpkg: error processing package gedit-plugins (--install):
 dependency problems - leaving unconfigured
Processing triggers for libglib2.0-0:amd64 (2.48.0-1ubuntu4) ...
Errors were encountered while processing:
cd Downloads/
cd gedit-plugins-3.10.1/

But I get:


    Source code location:   .
    Compiler:               gcc
    Prefix:         /usr/local
    Python Plugins Support: yes
    Plugins:                bookmarks bracketcompletion charmap codecomment colorpicker colorschemer commander dashboard drawspaces joinlines multiedit smartspaces textsize wordcompletion 

    Disabled plugins:       synctex (dbus-python not found), terminal (vte not found), git (libgit2-glib not found)

Note: you have to install these plugins into the same prefix as your gedit
installation (probably /usr if you're using your distro packages, /usr/local
if you have compiled it on your own).

So here is my question: how can I have gedit-plugins up and running? In particular, I need the terminal plugin to work.

P.S. I have already installed libvte-dev

Edit (wintermute's answer below)

yes, I have tried. Here is what I got:

Preparing to unpack gedit-plugins_3.10.1-1ubuntu2_amd64.deb ...
Unpacking gedit-plugins (3.10.1-1ubuntu2) over (3.10.1-1ubuntu3) ...
dpkg: dependency problems prevent configuration of gedit-plugins:
 gedit-plugins depends on python3.4; however:
  Package python3.4 is not installed.
 gedit-plugins depends on python3 (<< 3.5); however:
  Version of python3 on system is 3.5.1-3.
 gedit-plugins depends on gir1.2-gucharmap-2.90; however:
  Package gir1.2-gucharmap-2.90 is not installed.
 gedit-plugins depends on gir1.2-vte-2.90; however:
  Package gir1.2-vte-2.90 is not installed.
 gedit-plugins depends on gir1.2-zeitgeist-2.0; however:
  Package gir1.2-zeitgeist-2.0 is not installed.
  • Try apt-get install gedit-plugins:version, where version is the correct version number for gedit. – ForceMagic Apr 24 '16 at 22:08
  • As far I understand you want to `./configure --prefix/usr --with-plugins=terminal && make && make install – Videonauth Apr 24 '16 at 22:09
  • I didn't mean gedit's version instead look up what versions of gedit and gedit-plugins work together and write that version there. – ForceMagic Apr 24 '16 at 22:14
  • @Force: thanks! the correct version seems to be 3.10.1-1ubuntu2 but apt-get install gedit-plugins:3.10.1-1ubuntu2 gives E: Unable to locate package gedit-plugins:3.10.1-1ubuntu2 E: Couldn't find any package by glob 'gedit-plugins:3.10.1-1ubuntu2' E: Couldn't find any package by regex 'gedit-plugins:3.10.1-1ubuntu2' – user2413 Apr 24 '16 at 22:18
  • oops, my bad equal sign there the colon is for arch (amd64,i386, etc) – ForceMagic Apr 24 '16 at 22:20

I had to find out that the build process isn't so easy to solve. However I found another approach for you to get the old version of gedit and gedit-r-plugin up and running.

First removing the traces of your gedit compiling and installing tries (change the paths respectively to fit your situation).

cd ~/your build dir of gedit-plugins/
sudo make uninstall
cd ~/your build dir of gedit/
sudo make uninstall

The next command uninstalls the eventually existing 3.18.3 version of gedit, gedit-dev, gedit-plugins and gedit-common.

sudo apt-get remove gedit gedit-dev gedit-plugins gedit-common

Best to do the following steps in a clean seperate directory.

Now downloading the proper dependencies package for gedit-common 3.10.4 and installing it.

wget http://mirrors.kernel.org/ubuntu/pool/main/g/gedit/gedit-common_3.10.4-0ubuntu13_all.deb
sudo dpkg -i gedit-common_3.10.4-0ubuntu13_all.deb 

Then downloading the proper gedit 3.10.4 package and installing it

wget http://mirrors.kernel.org/ubuntu/pool/main/g/gedit/gedit_3.10.4-0ubuntu13_amd64.deb
sudo dpkg -i gedit_3.10.4-0ubuntu13_amd64.deb 

And downloading the proper gedit-dev 3.10.4 package and installing it.

wget http://mirrors.kernel.org/ubuntu/pool/main/g/gedit/gedit-dev_3.10.4-0ubuntu13_amd64.deb
sudo dpkg -i gedit-dev_3.10.4-0ubuntu13_amd64.deb 

Finaly downloading the proper gedit-plugins 3.10.1 package

wget http://mirrors.kernel.org/ubuntu/pool/universe/g/gedit-plugins/gedit-plugins_3.10.1-1ubuntu3_amd64.deb

We need to unpack this downloaded .deb file because we need to do two changes (sudo keps the packages owner intact).

sudo dpkg-deb -R gedit-plugins_3.10.1-1ubuntu3_amd64.deb tmp

First we are editing tmp/DEBIAN/control and change python3 (<< 3.5), python3 (>= 3.4~), python3.4 to python3 (>= 3.5~), python3.5.

sudo nano tmp/DEBIAN/control

Then we edit tmp/DEBIAN/postinstand change py3compile -p gedit-plugins /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/gedit/plugins -V 3.4 to py3compile -p gedit-plugins /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/gedit/plugins -V 3.5.

sudo nano tmp/DEBIAN/postinst

Now we can pack a new .deb file.

sudo dpkg-deb -b tmp gedit-plugins_3.10.1-1ubuntu4_amd64.deb

And changing ownership of the new .deb file (replace username with your username)

sudo chown username:username gedit-plugins_3.10.1-1ubuntu4_amd64.deb

Now finally installing it.

sudo dpkg -i gedit-plugins_3.10.1-1ubuntu4_amd64.deb

And now we download the proper gedit-r-plugin package and install it.

wget http://mirrors.kernel.org/ubuntu/pool/universe/g/gedit-r-plugin/gedit-r-plugin_0.8.0.2-Gtk3-Python3-1ubuntu1_all.deb
sudo dpkg -i gedit-r-plugin_0.8.0.2-Gtk3-Python3-1ubuntu1_all.deb 

Only thing now left is protecting this all from upgrading.

sudo apt-mark hold gedit-common gedit gedit-dev gedit-plugins gedit-r-plugin
  • Do you have all sources enabled ? Ubuntu source, proposed, backport, cannonical etc ? – Videonauth Apr 30 '16 at 8:15
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    let me post my soures.list file. added it to my answer @user2413 – Videonauth Apr 30 '16 at 8:21
  • Btw why youre trying to compile that old version of gedit ? – Videonauth Apr 30 '16 at 13:30
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    Finaly found the culprit which prevented the terminal from being build, you might want to have a look again at my answer. @user2413 – Videonauth Apr 30 '16 at 15:31
  • Let us continue this discussion in chat. – Videonauth May 1 '16 at 6:59

Have you tried downloading the right version of the package compiled for an older release and installing it manually?

http://www.ubuntuupdates.org/package/core/trusty/universe/base/gedit-plugins for 3.10.1-1ubuntu2 from 14.04

http://www.ubuntuupdates.org/package/core/vivid/universe/base/gedit-plugins for 3.10.1-1ubuntu3 from 14.10

You can either use the graphic installer or install them from terminal with

$ dpkg -i ~/Downloads/package.deb
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    The answer to your question was too long to fit in a comment: I added it as an edit in the main text~ – user2413 Apr 29 '16 at 7:10

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