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[Bug-gnubg] Gnubg Mac problems

From: Stephen Day
Subject: [Bug-gnubg] Gnubg Mac problems
Date: Tue, 30 Aug 2016 13:24:55 -0700

I first downloaded X11/XQuartz 2.7.9 and then Gnubg 10.10.x for Yosemite from the Gnu website and while it generally plays well, there are some issues.

  • First, it doesn’t open clean.  Sometimes I get the board and sometimes just a white screen.  I’m not sure whether to open XQuartz first or Gnu first.
  • When Gnu opens, I only see the Gnu menu atop the screen for a split second, then it goes to the XQuartz menu.  Is this normal?
  • The ‘New game’ menu isn’t the same as shown in the manuals.  I don’t have the choice for a Match or Money game.  I have the quick start shortcut buttons but not the menu choices (see attachment).
  • I somehow lost the analysis window.  Now there’s just white area to the right and below the board (see attachment).
  • I think there is a bug in the scoring system.  When Gnu wants to resign and I have a possible backgammon or gammon, it always shows one less value on the flag (i.e. ‘2’ for a backgammon and ‘1’ for a gammon), and it scores the same way, so I have to keep refusing his resignations.
  • There is also a problem when I save a match.  it saves the score but not the piece positions, and I have to click on ’next turn’ to resume the match.  Also, when I open to load a file, it shows  all the files on my computer and all my directories.

I tried to uninstalling and reinstalling both XQuartz and Gnu and all my settings were still in place.


  1.  How do you resume a game/match if the ‘Start new games immediately’ box is unchecked?
  2. How is a money game played against Gnu?  How is the value set?
  3. How do I store game/match results?
  4. What is 4ply playing level?


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