Can't install or run, WebKit2GTK not detected [SOLVED]

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Can't install or run, WebKit2GTK not detected [SOLVED]

Postby bentHnau » 2018-09-29 23:29

I can neither install (to /opt) nor run the web browser Eolie: https://wiki.gnome.org/Apps/Eolie.
In summary, checkinstall fails with "make: *** No rule to make target 'install'. Stop." and running the application's sh script indicates that WebKit2GTK is not being detected.

I downloaded the source code, installed dependencies, and followed installation instructions from the README up until this point:

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$ cd eolie
$ meson build
$ sudo ninja -C build install


There are no errors in the log files. When I run "sudo ./run.sh," installation gets this far and stops:

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Running custom install script '/usr/bin/env python3 /opt/eolie-0.9.39/meson_post_install.py'
Updating icon cache...
Installing new Schemas
You need WebKit2GTK >= 2.20


But I seem to have a suitable webkit2gtk version installed

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apt list --installed | grep webkit2gtk


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libwebkit2gtk-4.0-37/stable,now 2.18.6-1~deb9u1 amd64 [installed]
libwebkit2gtk-4.0-dev/stable,now 2.18.6-1~deb9u1 amd64 [installed]


When I try to complete the installation with "checkinstall," I get this error

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========================= Installation results ===========================
make: *** No rule to make target 'install'.  Stop.

****  Installation failed. Aborting package creation.

Cleaning up...OK

Bye.


Is there supposed to be a Makefile in the directory? There isn't one. I don't understand why there were no build errors if WebKit2GTK isn't being detected.
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Re: Can't install or run, WebKit2GTK not detected and make f

Postby bw123 » 2018-09-29 23:44

never heard of it, but since you need ver 2.20 and you have ver 2.18 that seems obvious
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Re: Can't install or run, WebKit2GTK not detected and make f

Postby Head_on_a_Stick » 2018-09-30 07:53

It is not wise to use any webkit-based browser that is not Chromium under Debian stable, the release notes have a warning to that effect.
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Re: Can't install or run, WebKit2GTK not detected and make f

Postby bentHnau » 2018-09-30 16:25

bw123 wrote:never heard of it, but since you need ver 2.20 and you have ver 2.18 that seems obvious

oh. I thought the version was 4.0
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Re: Can't install or run, WebKit2GTK not detected and make f

Postby bentHnau » 2018-09-30 16:25

Head_on_a_Stick wrote:It is not wise to use any webkit-based browser that is not Chromium under Debian stable, the release notes have a warning to that effect.

It's not wise to use Epiphany?
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Re: Can't install or run, WebKit2GTK not detected and make f

Postby Head_on_a_Stick » 2018-09-30 16:53

bentHnau wrote:It's not wise to use Epiphany?

That's what the release notes say, have a look if you don't believe me.
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Re: Can't install or run, WebKit2GTK not detected and make f

Postby bentHnau » 2018-09-30 18:25

Head_on_a_Stick wrote:
bentHnau wrote:It's not wise to use Epiphany?

That's what the release notes say, have a look if you don't believe me.

Are we talking about the same thing? Epiphany is a webkit-based browser available in Debian stable; it's not the browser this thread is about.
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Re: Can't install or run, WebKit2GTK not detected and make f

Postby stevepusser » 2018-09-30 20:52

Webkit2gtk 2.22 is available for Stretch in stretch-backports, however: https://packages.debian.org/stretch-bac ... tk-4.0-dev

Since this provides the solution for the original issue in the thread, please edit the title of your first post and add [SOLVED].
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Re: Can't install or run, WebKit2GTK not detected and make f

Postby Head_on_a_Stick » 2018-10-01 07:41

bentHnau wrote:Are we talking about the same thing? Epiphany is a webkit-based browser available in Debian stable; it's not the browser this thread is about.

The OP was about Eolie, which is a webkit-based browser, and the warning in the release notes applies to *all* webkit-based browsers (except Chromium, which is updated as a "leaf" package, whatever that means), including both Eolie and Epiphany.

stevepusser wrote:Webkit2gtk 2.22 is available for Stretch in stretch-backports

Nice! :cool:

It's probably worth noting though that backports are drawn from testing and so are subject to the mandatory transition delay from sid & experimental; this may mean that security fixes are delayed and I really would recommend using Parabola or Arch for webkit-based browsers just to get the updates from upstream as quickly as possible.
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