Copyright (c) the Notion team 2010-2011.
Copyright (c) Tuomo Valkonen 1999-2009.
Building and installing
1. Get the source code. Make sure all submodules are present and up to date.
git clone git://notion.git.sourceforge.net/gitroot/notion/notion
git submodule init
git submodule update
2. In addition to the standard C library headers and the GNU toolchain, you
will need the following tools and libraries for building Notion.
* Lua 5.1 interpreter and header files <http://www.lua.org/>
* Xlib header files <http://cgit.freedesktop.org/xorg/lib/libX11/>
* libXext header files <http://cgit.freedesktop.org/xorg/lib/libXext/>
* libSM header files <http://cgit.freedesktop.org/xorg/lib/libSM/>
* gettext <http://www.gnu.org/software/gettext/>
If you want to build the mod_xinerama and mod_xrandr module, which provide
enhanced multihead support, you will further need the following libraries.
* Xinerama header files <https://sourceforge.net/projects/xinerama/>
* XRandR header files <http://www.x.org/wiki/Projects/XRandR/>
On a Debian based system, these dependencies are provided by the following
build-essential lua5.1 liblua5.1-0-dev libx11-dev libxext-dev libsm-dev gettext
3. If the default build settings don't suit you, review system-autodetect.mk
and either override values in a newly added system-local.mk or make changes
directly to system-autodetect.mk
4. If you want to build some extra modules now or do not want to build
some of the standard modules, edit `modulelist.mk`.
5. Run `make`. Note that `make` here refers to GNU make which is usually
named `gmake` on systems with some other implementation of make as
6. Run `make install`, as root if you set `$PREFIX` in `system.mk` to a
directory that requires those privileges.
YOU SHOULD NOT SKIP THIS STEP unless you know what you are doing. Notion
will refuse to start if it can not find all the necessary uncorrupt
configuration files either in `$PREFIX/etc/notion/` or in `~/.notion/`.
7. How to best set up `startx` or whatever to start Notion instead of your
current window manager depends on your system's setup. A good guess
is creating or modifying an executable shell script `.xsession` in your
home directory to start Notion. This should usually (but not always) work
if you're using some X display/login manager. If `~/.xsession` does not
help and you're not using a display manager, modifying `~/.xinitrc` or
creating one based on your system's `xinitrc` (wherever that may be;
use `locate`) may be what you need to do. Note that unlike `.xsession`,
a `.xinitrc` should usually do much more setup than simply start a few
programs of your choice.
Please see the file `RELNOTES` for additional release-specific installation
and configuration notes.
Some optional installation steps
1. The F5 and F6 keys expect to find the program `run-mailcap` to select
a program to view a file based on its guessed MIME type. Unless you are
using Debian, most likely you don't have it, but any other similar
program (or just plain old text editor) will do as well -- just modify the
bindings in `cfg_notioncore.lua`. Of course, if you don't want to use the
feature at this time or never, you may simply skip this step. If you want
to use `run-mailcap`, it can be found from the following address, as a
source tarball as well:
2. Notion supports caching known man-pages in a file for faster man-page
completion in the F1 man page query. To enable this feature, you must
periodically run a cronjob to build this list. To create a system-wide
man page cache, run `crontab -e` (might vary depending on platform) as
root and enter a line such as follows:
15 05 * * * $SHAREDIR/ion-completeman -mksyscache
Replace `$SHAREDIR` with the setting from `system.mk`. This example
runs daily at 05:15, but you may modify the run times to your needs;
see the crontab manual.
If you can't or do not want to build a system-wide man page cache, run
`crontab -e` as your normal user and replace `-mksyscache` with
`-mkusercache` above. The cache file will be `~/.notion/mancache`.
It may also be useful to run `ion-completeman` with the suitable
`-mk*cache` argument once manually to build the initial cache.
If the `MANPATH` environment variable is not set on your system and it
does not have the `manpath` command (or it does not print anything
sensible), you may also want to set the `ION_MANPATH` environment
variable to the list of paths where the system stores manual pages.
For help on modifying Notion's configuration files, PLEASE READ THE DOCUMENT
"Configuring and extending Notion with Lua" available from the Notion web page,
listed at the top of this file.
Questions, comments, problems?
If the available documentation does not answer your question, please
post it to the mailing list. Details can be found on the Notion web page
listed at the top of this file.
Notion was written by the Notion team, based on Ion which was written by Tuomo
The dock module was written by Tom Payne and Per Olofsson.
`utils/ion-completefile/ion-completefile.c` is based on editline, (c)
1992 Simmule Turner and Rich Salz. See the file for details.
The code that `de/fontset.c` is based on seems to have been originally
written by Tomohiro Kubota, but see the file for details.
Various (minor) patches have been contributed by other individuals
unlisted here. See the mailing list archives and the darcs source
repository history at <http://iki.fi/tuomov/repos/>. For translators
see the individual `.po` files in `po/`.
The code in `de/unicode' (producing `de/precompose.c') is taken from
See `libtu/README` for code by others integrated into libtu.