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How to install Python-efl on Ubuntu or Linux Mint

Python-efl is the binding for EFL, an awesome and performance-obcessed set of libraries. EFL stands for Enlightment Foundation Libraries. It was started for the Enlightment desktop project and developed into a set of libraries. This tutorial shows how to install python-efl.

Install Instructions

First create a new folder called efl_dev

mkdir efl_dev
cd efl_dev

Then see EFL downloads and Python-EFL downloads.

See the version you want is available on both. Let’s choose 1.25.0 for this tutorial

Download and extract both

wget https://download.enlightenment.org/rel/libs/efl/efl-1.25.0.tar.xz
tar xvf efl-1.25.0.tar.xz
wget https://download.enlightenment.org/rel/bindings/python/python-efl-1.25.0.tar.xz
tar xvf python-efl-1.25.0.tar.xz

Install EFL

Now let us install EFL first. Let’s install essentials

sudo apt install build-essential check meson ninja-build

and dependencies

sudo apt install libssl-dev libsystemd-dev libjpeg-dev libglib2.0-dev libgstreamer1.0-dev liblua5.2-dev libfreetype6-dev libfontconfig1-dev libfribidi-dev libavahi-client-dev libharfbuzz-dev libibus-1.0-dev libx11-dev libxext-dev libxrender-dev libgl1-mesa-dev libopenjp2-7-dev libwebp-dev libgif-dev libtiff5-dev libpoppler-dev libpoppler-cpp-dev libspectre-dev libraw-dev librsvg2-dev libudev-dev libmount-dev libdbus-1-dev libpulse-dev libsndfile1-dev libxcursor-dev libxcomposite-dev libxinerama-dev libxrandr-dev libxtst-dev libxss-dev libgstreamer-plugins-base1.0-dev doxygen libscim-dev libxdamage-dev libwebp-dev libunwind-dev

and what i found missing

sudo apt install libluajit-5.1-dev

change dir

cd efl-1.25.0

Now let us build the project

meson build
ninja -C build
sudo ninja -C build install

You also have to make some files visible to pkgconfig. One way of doing this is to open /etc/profile in a text editor as root (using for example sudo nano /etc/profile) and add the following line to the end:

export PKG_CONFIG_PATH=$PKG_CONFIG_PATH:/usr/local/lib/pkgconfig

You may also need to refresh your library path to make sure your apps can find the EFL libraries:

sudo ldconfig

Install Python-EFL

cd ../python-efl-1.25.0

Install python3-dev or corresponding. I was using Python3.9 so i did

sudo apt install python3.9-dev

also python dbus

sudo apt install python-dbus-dev

Then create and activate virtual environment

python3.9 -m venv venv
. venv/bin/activate

Install cython

pip install cython

Now build the package

python setup.py build

and install

python setup.py install

Conclusion

Now if you run pip freeze you should get something similar

Cython==0.29.24
python-efl==1.25.0

refs:

https://www.enlightenment.org/docs/distros/ubuntu-start.md

https://git.enlightenment.org/bindings/python/python-efl.git/tree/INSTALL