Sugar-jhbuild will automatically download the latest of Sugar's dependencies as well as Sugar itself directly from their source repositories, rather than relying on source packages that may have become stale. Below are generic instructions on how to use jhbuild to get up and running with Sugar.
Jhbuild is quite demanding with regard to the packages and setup for the host Linux distribution. As a result there are only a few Linux distributions which are known to work with it.
See the distribution specific instructions for information about whether your distribution is currently supported. Other distros which have a recent-enough release (e.g. including the latest stable GNOME release) can be supported if someone is willing to maintain the dependencies for that distro release (in config/sysdeps).
Check distro-specific instructions
Many distributions have some quirks that need to be catered for and there are different package managing tools in use, so please check the page for your distribution before proceeding:
Check out sugar-jhbuild
In a suitable directory, execute
git clone git://git.sugarlabs.org/sugar-jhbuild/mainline.git sugar-jhbuild
Build sugar base system and its dependencies
Change directory and start the build.
cd sugar-jhbuild ./sugar-jhbuild update ./sugar-jhbuild depscheck ./sugar-jhbuild build
Dealing with dependencies
sugar-jhbuild depscheck will print a list of required packages. They are part of the distribution you're using and should be installed using your favourite package manager (e.g. aptitude/synaptic for Debian, yum for Fedora). If you notice that there's a package missing from the depscheck output (i.e. it's required for Sugar to work properly and not installed, but depscheck does not mention it), please file a bug (login required first, but currently no automatic redirection to login page) against the sugar-jhbuild Component in the SugarLabs bug tracker.
- hulahop stopped building because I had installed a more recent version of xulrunner on my machine. The workaround was to
rm -rf ~/sugar-jhbuild/source/hulahopand then run update and build again.
This command launches the Sugar emulator:
To exit the emulator, press Alt-Q.
Running multiple instances
To run multiple instances of sugar you can start it in the following way:
SUGAR_PROFILE=2 ./sugar-jhbuild run
This will create a new profile in ~/.sugar/, i.e. ~/.sugar/2/. You will find logs and configuration for this instance here. The default profile is ~/.sugar/default/
Run an individual activity
Within sugar, e.g. in Terminal, this command launches an individual activity for testing:
sugar-launch [bundle name]
You will see debug output appearing in Terminal.
Configure the mode and resolution of Sugar
You can make Sugar run in a window as well as specify a resolution. Within the sugar-jhbuild/install/share/sugar/shell directory, backup, then edit the python program file emulator.py:
cd sugar-jhbuild cp install/bin/sugar-emulator install/bin/sugar-emulator.backup nano install/bin/sugar-emulator
Find this piece of code:
cmd = [ 'Xephyr' ] cmd.append(':%d' % display) cmd.append('-ac') if gtk.gdk.screen_width() < 1200 or gtk.gdk.screen_height() < 900: cmd.append('-fullscreen') else: cmd.append('-screen') cmd.append('%dx%d' % (1200, 900))
Comment out the if and else instructions, and specify the screen resolution and mode you want (it's important to delete 4 spaces before the "cmd.append" lines):
cmd = [ 'Xephyr' ] cmd.append(':%d' % display) cmd.append('-ac') # if gtk.gdk.screen_width() < 1200 or gtk.gdk.screen_height() < 900: # cmd.append('-fullscreen') # else: cmd.append('-screen') cmd.append('%dx%d' % (800, 600))
Sugar will now run on a 800x600 window. This file may be replaced next time you update sugar-jhbuild, and you'll have to do this again. Also note that 800x600 is not an optimal resolution for the window, because the activity circle will be vertically off center. 1024x768 is a more useable resolution.
JHBuild has several other commands that can be useful for development. You can get an overview with:
A useful sequence of commands for building Sugar, from the Sugar mailing list: (Note that build will update first anyway, so run update separately if you want to see what changed more easily.)
./sugar-jhbuild update ./sugar-jhbuild build ./sugar-jhbuild run
If update and build don't work
In May 2008 there were some changes that broke updates on sugar-jhbuild. A version from before this date cannot update or build after this date; the symptoms are various, but generally include errors which mention the "build-scripts" directory. You need to rebuild from scratch in a new jhbuild directory. Something like the following:
cd .. mv sugar-jhbuild sugar-jhbuild.old git-clone git://dev.laptop.org/sugar-jhbuild
then, to save bandwidth, move the tar files from your old version:
mkdir sugar-jhbuild/source mv sugar-jhbuild.old/source/*.tar* sugar-jhbuild/source
cd sugar-jhbuild ./sugar-jhbuild build
You may then also see some new dependencies; see the relevant instructions above.
From within Sugar
Once you have Sugar running, here are some useful commands:
- Alt+Shift+F makes the frame appear and disappear
- Ctrl-Q quits an activity
- Alt+Shift+Q quits Sugar
- Alt+Shift+O opens the search
- Alt+Shift+R rotates the screen
Creating an xsession for Sugar-jhbuild
Create the file /usr/share/xsessions/sugar-jhbuild.desktop with the following content:
[Desktop Entry] Encoding=UTF-8 Name=Sugar jhbuild GenericName=Sugar Exec=/usr/bin/sugar-jhbuild Type=Application
Create the file /usr/bin/sugar-jhbuild with the following content:
#!/bin/sh export GTK2_RC_FILES=/home/walter/sugar-jhbuild/install/share/sugar/data/sugar-xo.gtkrc exec /home/walter/sugar-jhbuild/sugar-jhbuild run dbus-launch /home/walter/sugar-jhbuild/install/bin/sugar-shell
where you substitute the path of wherever you installed sugar-jhbuild for "/home/walter"
To customize the build create a configuration file, named .sugar.jhbuildrc, in your home directory.
Write access to the repositories
If you have write access to the repositories you can add this (if your login name happens to be marco):
repos['gnome.org'] = ':ext:email@example.com:/cvs/gnome' repos['mozilla.org'] = ':ext:firstname.lastname@example.org:/cvsroot' repos['dev.laptop.org'] = 'git+ssh://email@example.com/git/' repos['dev.laptop.org/projects'] = 'git+ssh://firstname.lastname@example.org/git/projects/'
Useful Internal Links
- Understanding Sugar Code
- Taxonomy -- explains the components of Sugar (Glucose, Fructose, Sugar, Starches)
- Sugar Instructions -- how to actually use Sugar once you have it running