[Users] Compiling claws-mail on openSUSE Leap 42.3

Ralf Mardorf silver.bullet at zoho.com
Sat Jul 14 11:08:12 CEST 2018

On Sat, 14 Jul 2018 11:39:38 +0300, Removed GDPR wrote:
>As advised by Ralf Mardorf in bug 4048 I am opening a
>thread to ask about compiling claws-mail on openSUSE
>Leap 42.3.
>@Ralf Mardorf - you suggested that I look for a
>solution through:
>However this page does not show any official packages
>for Leap, only some community provided ones with
>patches which I honestly don't trust 100%, so I would
>rather not install them. I tried compiling checkinstall
>from source but it throws quite a few errors (perhaps
>that's why patches are needed). As a whole this
>checkinstall doesn't seem actively maintained and
>obviously not quite fit to openSUSE, so I would prefer
>not to depend on such tool, especially long term.
>So my questions are:
>1. Can you suggest another way to proceed (without
>using checkinstall)?

Either don't build a package and install Claws without attention of
your package management by running

  sudo make install

or learn how to build a package for your distro by using rpmbuild, see
or https://www.suse.com/c/building-simple-rpms-arbitary-files/ or

>2. Before proceeding with installation: How would I
>perform a clean uninstall of claws-mail? (in case I
>want to switch back to the rpm by openSUSE)

The best way to achieve this is always to build a package. The easiest
way to build a package is to use checkinstall.

Maybe running

  sudo make uninstall

is available, but often it isn't.

>@Paul, in the bug report you wrote:
>> There is, of course, in the standard place: the
>> INSTALL file included with the code.  
>That one seems quite different from the instructions
>given by Ralf, e.g. it does not include running
>autogen.sh or checkinstall. With it question 2
>still remains. Which procedure is correct?
>Can you guys help with all that please?

Running autogen.sh is needed when building from git, checkinstall isn't
needed at all, you could replace it by using make install.

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