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Re: OpenSuse 15.1 no display for gnu-bg

From: Philippe Michel
Subject: Re: OpenSuse 15.1 no display for gnu-bg
Date: Wed, 22 Jan 2020 08:10:54 +0100

On Mon, Jan 20, 2020 at 03:22:13PM -0500, Mark Neidorff wrote:

> I (at last, but never mind that) updated my OpenSuse 15.0 to 15.1.  The 
> update looked 
> clean.  The only problem I have run into is that gnu-bg does not produce any 
> output.  
> (It worked properly when I was running 15.0) I'm running under KDE and using 
> the 
> latest video drivers from nvidia for my graphics card.  My package manager 
> shows that 
> the version  of gnubg (and related packages) is: 1.04.001-lp151.2.24
> Has this been seen before?  Any suggestions on how to debug the problem?  Any 
> help 
> would be appreciated.

Do you start gnubg from some kind of menu or desktop icon ? If this is 
the case, could you try to start it from a terminal to see if there are 
some useful error messages, and if it ends immediately or runs but 
stays stuck early, before showing the GUI.

In the latter case, could you run top or "ps ux" in another terminal to 
see if it really does nothing or if it is using 100% of a CPU. Could you 
try using "gnubg -t" as well to see if running without GUI makes a 

OpenSuse 15.1 release information claims that it provides a more recent 
gcc compiler. It is not clear how much change from 15.0 that means and 
how its packages were built, but your problem may be due to the 
following issue (gnubg 1.04 is older than that):

2015-10-07  Michael Petch  <address@hidden>
        Fix problem identified by
        Mike Frysinger where __attribute__ and  _GNU_SOURCE may not
        be properly defined in some situations. This may result in
        an infinite loop on newer compilers.

There were some discussions about this in this mailing list in 2015 when 
other distributions started to use the hardening features of gcc by default.

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