Introduction to VTE

The VTE package contains a termcap file implementation for terminal emulators.

Package Information

VTE Dependencies


GTK+-2.10.13 and XML::Parser-2.34


GTK-Doc-1.8, intltool-0.35.5, and PyGTK-2.10.6 (including the gtk module)

User Notes: http://wiki.linuxfromscratch.org/blfs/wiki/vte

Installation of VTE

Install VTE by running the following commands:

sed -i 's%\\177:%&kh=\\EOH:@7=\\EOF:%' termcaps/xterm &&
./configure --prefix=/usr \
            --libexecdir=/usr/lib/vte &&

This package does not come with a test suite.

Now, as the root user:

make install

Command Explanations

sed -i ... termcaps/xterm: The Home and End keys are broken in the xterm termcap file. This sed command fixes them.

--libexecdir=/usr/lib/vte: This parameter causes the libexec files to be installed in the preferred location of /usr/lib/vte instead of /usr/libexec.

--with-glX: This parameter can be passed to the configure script to enable additional drawing methods in the VTE library.

--enable-gtk-doc: Use this parameter if GTK-Doc is installed and you wish to rebuild the API documentation.


Installed Program: vte
Installed Libraries: libvte.{so,a} and the vtemodule.{so,a} Python module
Installed Directories: /usr/include/vte, /usr/lib/vte, /usr/share/gtk-doc/html/vte, and /usr/share/vte

Short Descriptions


is a test application for the VTE libraries.


is a library which implements a terminal emulator widget for GTK+.

Last updated on 2007-08-12 11:35:36 -0500