Introduction to GNOME Shell

The GNOME Shell is the core user interface of the GNOME Desktop environment.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-9.1 platform.

Package Information

GNOME Shell Dependencies


evolution-data-server-3.34.4, Gjs-1.58.5, gnome-autoar-0.2.4, gnome-control-center-3.34.4, libcroco-0.6.13, Mutter-3.34.4, sassc-3.6.1, startup-notification-0.12, and elogind-243.4


Recommended (Runtime)


GTK-Doc-1.32 and bash-completion

Runtime Dependencies

adwaita-icon-theme-3.34.3, DConf-0.34.0, GDM-3.34.1, gnome-backgrounds-3.34.0, gnome-menus-3.35.3, and telepathy-mission-control-5.16.5

User Notes:

Installation of GNOME Shell

Install GNOME Shell by running the following commands:

mkdir build &&
cd    build &&

meson --prefix=/usr -Dsystemd=false .. &&

To test the results, issue: ninja test. You must be running an X session to run the tests. Some will fail if GDM-3.34.1 is not installed.

Now, as the root user:

ninja install

Command Explanations

-Dsystemd=false: Prevents installing systemd files, which are not needed in this version of BLFS.

-Dextensions=false: Do not build the gnome-extensions CLI tool. Using this option removes the need for asciidoc-8.6.9.


Installed Programs: gnome-extensions, gnome-shell, gnome-shell-extension-prefs, gnome-shell-extension-tool, and gnome-shell-perf-tool
Installed Libraries: None
Installed Directories: /usr/lib/gnome-shell, /usr/share/gnome-shell, /usr/share/gtk-doc/html/{shell,st}, and /usr/share/xdg-desktop-portal/

Short Descriptions


provides the core user interface functions for the GNOME 3 Desktop.

Last updated on 2020-02-26 22:00:52 -0800