Getting source from SVN
Use your favorite Subversion client program to download Celestia from SourceForge. If you're using the command line svn client, use the following command line to update your local Celestia development directory:
svn co https://celestia.svn.sourceforge.net/svnroot/celestia/trunk dir_name
You may use "dir_name" for downloading directory name such as celestia. The default directory name is trunk if "dir_name" is omitted.
Basic installation steps
First, change directory with "cd dir_name/celestia" and type
If this step does not succeed, make sure the following packages are installed (names shown for SuSE 10.2):
For Ubuntu, the following basic build tools should be installed
In addition, dependent packages are also installed for Ubuntu:
sudo apt-get build-dep celestia
After the make ran through successfully, type
to get the list of available frontends and choose the one appropriate for you. Also, decide if you want to compile "--with-lua" and/or with "--enable-theora", Celestia itself runs fine without them, but some Addons use Lua.
NOTE: not all flavors of Linux use "sudo" ( it can be a VERY big security hole) So some do NOT even install it by default ( like RHEL6 and Fedora ) Use " su " and not the VERY DIFFERENT " su - " with the dash
to see a list other compile options you might want to enable/disable.
Now, configure the build tree with the following commands:
./configure --with-frontend <other options>
NOTE: the support for the OLD kde3 is no more so do not use '" -- with-kde '" that builds the kde 3 gui on your KDE4 desktop -- not good . Also the gtk GUI is being phased out in favor of the QT4 GUI
example : for Gnome
./configure --prefix=/usr/opt/GTK_Celestia --with-gnome -with-cspice-dir=/DATA/cspice -program-prefix=GTK
example : for QT4 - the now default GUI with cspice installed
./configure --prefix=/usr --with-lua --with-qt --with-cspice-dir=/opt/cspice
To finally build celestia and install it, type: for a I5 cpu using 3 cores "sudo" IF you DO have sudo permission to install software to /usr - not all system admins will give that to a normal user, it is a HUGE security risk
make -j3 sudo make install
make -j3 su --- your root password when asked -- make install
At the first installation, configure probably will complain about missing packages. Install and repeat.
For OpenSuse 10.2, at least the following packages have to be installed:
The executable will be installed in
the data directory is located in
or whatever your --prefix-option of configure pointed to.
The basic information how to install Celestia under Linux was obtained from this thread in the celestia forums: https://celestiaproject.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=11055