GNOME 2.6: Two Left Feet? - page 2
A Foot in the Door
...GDM (the GNOME Display Manager) complained about missing shared
libraries. The first was libatk, an accessibility toolkit for
handicapped access. I found that, installed it, ran
ldconfig to update
to restart GDM, and then learned I was missing libbonoboui. How's
that? It was installed, the versions were right, and
ld.so had created the proper symlinks.
Just in case I'd
missed something, I reinstalled the bonobo packages I'd
downloaded. Once more with GDM, and now I learn that GNOME wants
libXinerama.so. Just for grins, I tried good ole
as both root and a merely mortal user and got the same error.
Not only does GNOME have two left feet, they're club-footed left
feet. I had static libraries for Xinerama
libXinerama.a), but no shared libraries. That's beside
the point, though, because I don't run Xinerama! Why
in the world do I need Xinerama libraries if I don't use Xinerama?
This is brain-damaged, ill-considered design at work: requiring
libraries that most people don't have and don't need.