Awesome 3.5 install Guide for Ubuntu 13.10

Why not 3.4?

On Ubuntu 13.10, current stable version is 3.4.15-1. awesome 3.4 doesn’t support different wallpeper on each screen. awesome 3.5 support it. I want this feature.



Install awesome 3.5.3(current stable) on ubuntu 13.10

Try PPA, but…

I’m lazy, so I like package rather than compile. I try using PPA.

After install awesome 3.5, I execute awesome, But crash occur. I decide to install awesome 3.5 from source.

Install Dependencies

Install default package.

sudo apt-get install cmake gcc imagemagick

Install headers.

sudo apt-get install libxcb-cursor0-dev libxcb-randr0-dev libxcb-xtest0-dev libxcb-xinerama0-dev libxcb-shape0-dev libxcb-util0-dev libxcb-keysyms1-dev libxcb-icccm4-dev libstartup-notification0-dev libxdg-basedir-dev

Install lua.

sudo apt-get install liblua5.1-dev lua-lgi

Install dbus support.

sudo apt-get install libdbus-1-dev

Install libxcb-cursor-dev, but libxcb-cursor-dev is not basic package. You have to add a extra repository. see help

echo "deb http://debian.sur5r.net/i3/ $(lsb_release -c -s) universe" >> /etc/apt/sources.list
apt-get update
apt-get --allow-unauthenticated install sur5r-keyring
apt-get update
apt-get install libxcb-cursor-dev


Get source then extract.

sudo cd /usr/local/src
sudo wget http://awesome.naquadah.org/download/awesome-3.5.2.tar.bz2
sudo tar xvfj awesome-3.5.2.tar.bz2
cd awesome-3.5.2


sudo cmake .
sudo make install

After install, validate it.

awesome -v
awesome v3.5.2 (The Fox)
 • Build: Mar 19 2014 23:22:38 for x86_64 by gcc version 4.8.1 (root@sora)
 • Compiled against Lua 5.1.5 (running with Lua 5.1)
 • D-Bus support: ✔

If you use ubuntu 13.10, GUI login daemon is lightdm. Add awesome to lightdm session list.

sudo cp /usr/local/share/xsessions/awesome.desktop /usr/share/xsessions

If configuration file is not exist, awesome 3.5 will crash. Copy configuration file to your home directory. (If you use cmake -DCMAKE_PREFIX_PATH=/usr -DSYSCONFDIR=/etc, this process is not necessary. awesome will find valid config file. see Awesome-3-git-debian)

mkdir -p ~/.config/awesome
cp /usr/local/src/awesome-3.5.2/awesomerc.lua ~/.config/awesome/rc.lua

Logout. Select awesome from session list. Then login. You will see awesome 3.5.


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