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Xboard does not display an error message

From: Viktor Gregor II.
Subject: Xboard does not display an error message
Date: Thu, 7 May 2020 18:44:00 +0200


I use Xboard 4.9.1 on the following machine:

ProcessorIntel(R) Pentium(R) Dual CPU T3200 @ 2.00GHz
Memory2897MB (751MB used)
Machine TypeNotebook (Toshiba)
Operating SystemUbuntu 18.04.4 LTS
User Nameviktor (Viktor)
Date/TimeŠt  7. máj 2020, 18:15:50 CEST

I encountered an error and experienced hard time to solve it because, I think, Xboard did not report an error in the beginning when it first encountered a problem.
Here is the description:
I wanted to start Xboard with Crafty engine so I used the command line xboard -fcp Crafty. After Xboard started it displayed the message: "Starting chess program" for 11 seconds and nothing more. Then after my first move it displayed Fatal Error "Error writing to first chess program: Broken pipe". After clicking Ok Xboard closed.
Problem was in the command line, crafty had to be written with small "c", not capital like above. After changing the command line, the message: "Starting chess program" appeared for less than a second and everything was OK.
So I think that Xboard should display an error message after not being able to load the chess engine.

Thank you!

I like Xboard very much and used it also on Windows many years before.


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