Howto | Install KeePassX on Debian Etch

KeePassX cannot be installed on Debian Etch, because of some dependency issues:

Version: 0.3.1-1
Depends: libc6 (>= 2.7-1), libgcc1 (>= 1:4.1.1-21), libqt4-core (>= 4.3.4), libqt4-gui (>= 4.3.4), libstdc++6 (>= 4.2.1-4), libx11-6, libxtst6

The Solution

The solution is to install from source. These instructions were borrowed from the following comment (thank you “John”):

Install recent version of qt4

I installed from lenny, which is not ideal. The above instructions do not say to do this, but I had already done it to resolve stability problems (see Install italc notes).

$ sudo apt-get install qt4-dev qt4-dev-tools qt4-designer

Install Source Repositories

You may need to add the lenny source repositories to /etc/apt/sources.list:

deb-src lenny main non-free contrib

Download Source

$ cd
$ mkdir keepassx
$ cd keepassx
$ apt-get source keepassx


$ cd keepass*
$ qmake-qt4
Project MESSAGE: See 'INSTALL' for configuration options.
Project MESSAGE: Install Prefix: /usr
Project MESSAGE: *** Makefile successfully generated.
Project MESSAGE: *** Start make now.
$ make

If you downloaded the source from KeePassX itself, then you will probably need to cd into the src directory, delete the Makefile that was created and run qmake-qt4 again from there (ie: qmake-qt4; cd src; rm Makefile ; qmake-qt4 ; cd ..


If the above still gives an error about libXtst (and mind didn’t), you can either fix the source code, or simply:

$ sudo ln -s /usr/lib/ /usr/lib/
$ make

This section has not been tested by the author


$ sudo make install


You should see it installed under your Utilities menu, but you may need to log off/on for this to appear. Alternatively I usually find editing the menu and resaving has the same effect.


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