Compilation and Installation

If you cannot obtain a suitable precompiled binary package, you need to compile KAlarm yourself from source files. Get the source package file kdepim-x.x.tar.bz2 or kalarm-x.x.tar.bz2 (or similar), depending on whether you want to install kdepim or just KAlarm. Unpack it in a new folder using a command similar to tar xvfj package.tar.bz2, and change to the folder which has been created.

For information on how to compile and install KDE applications visit the KDE Techbase

Since KDE uses cmake you should have no trouble compiling it. Should you run into problems please report them to the KDE mailing lists.


If you install KAlarm into a folder different from where KDE is installed, it will not run correctly unless you make its location known to KDE. To do this, you must prefix the KDEDIRS environment variable with KAlarm's location, each time before you start KDE.

For example, if KDE is installed in /opt/kde, KDEDIRS might normally be set to /etc/opt/kde:/opt/kde. If you install KAlarm into /usr/local, you would need to set KDEDIRS to /usr/local:/etc/opt/kde:/opt/kde before starting KDE.

The standalone version of KAlarm has a special configuration option which allows you to select which languages documentation is to be installed for by specifying a language code, or a list of language codes, as a parameter to ./configure. By default, documentation in all available languages is installed. A list of documentation languages included in the package, together with their codes, is in the DOC-LANGUAGES file. For example, to install only French and British English documentation:

./configure --enable-doc-language="fr en_GB"

Note that this option has no effect on which user interface translations are installed.