Running a development version of Gramps
The following describes one possible scenario for building and running the latest development version of GRAMPS on Ubuntu:
- Install a recent version of Ubuntu. The steps in this document have been tested with Ubuntu 7.04, 7.10, and 8.04.
- (It is beyond the scope of this document, but VirtualBox and VMWare provide a great and relatively easy solution to getting a clean build environment up and running within 30 minutes.)
- Install a text editor if you plan on modifying the GRAMPS source. You can use any text editor such as gedit, kate, or sourcenav (sudo apt-get install sourcenav), erik4, SPE, or Eclipse with the python plugin. Note the programming guidelines for GRAMPS.
- Install the tools we'll need:
sudo apt-get install build-essential gnome-common libglib2.0-dev subversion
- Create a directory for the Gramps source:
cd ~ mkdir gramps cd gramps
- Get the latest version of GRAMPS:
- Get ready to build GRAMPS:
cd trunk ./autogen.sh
- Build GRAMPS:
- Run Gramps:
At this point, any time you want to update to the latest version of Gramps, simply run:
cd ~/gramps/trunk svn update python src/gramps.py
If some of the GRAMPS constants have changed and you obtain an error in const.py, rerun the commands autogen.sh and make.