update: Gedit-dash is now available via the gedit-plugins. Click the button below to install the gedit-plugins package

How to compile and install gedit(-dash) in Ubuntu 11.10


Gedit. is a powerful text-editor that can be extended with some plugins. One of my favorite plugin is gedit-dash although you can't install it via ubuntu-software-center but you can download the files from a Dropbox url the quickest way to install, is via command line, like this:(line 1 is a dependencie)

  1. sudo apt-get -y install python-pygments
  2. wget https://dl.dropbox.com/u/7162902/gedit-dash.tar.gz
  3. mkdir -p ~/.local/share/gedit/plugins
  4. sudo file-roller gedit-dash.tar.gz --extract-to=/home/YOUR USERNAME/.local/share/gedit/plugins

Rename the "YOUR USERNAME" comment to... your username wink. While we are talking about installing gedit-dash, lets upgrade to the latest stable version of gedit (3.2.6) this may take 10 min or less.

  1. sudo apt-get build-dep gedit
  2. cd /tmp
  3. wget https://ftp.gnome.org/pub/GNOME/sources/gedit/3.2/gedit-3.2.6.tar.xz
  4. tar Jxf gedit-3.2.6.tar.xz
  5. cd gedit-3.2.6
  6. ./configure
  7. make
  8. sudo make install
After you compiled and installed Gedit, Gedit wont open, you must reboot your system first.

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