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Old 05-23-2006, 05:24 PM   #1
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Fedora 5 pirut fails, apparently due to xwindows

This concerns pirut, the add/remove software utility in Fedora 5. When run from the menu, it asks for the root password and then disappears into the background. When run from the shell as root, it responds with "ImportError: could not import pango ... perhaps you're not running XWindows"

Pirut did work when I first installed Linux a month ago. I'm conjecturing that I damaged part of XWindows at some point and would like to re-install XWindows without re-installing the entire operating system.

Unfortunately, pirut would be the tool I'd use to do that re-installation, so I'm in a bit of a bind.

Could I use rpm to re-install XWindows? What package would I ask for? (rpm -qa | grep -i X11 lists 84 packages and I can't identify which one is the main one.)

Many many thanks. This newbie is totally amazed by the altruism in the linux community.
Old 05-23-2006, 06:14 PM   #2
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You do not need to completely reinstall the X window system. It appears as though the pango libraries are not working or linked properly. You might just try reinstalling pango to see if that works. Pango handles the text and font for GTK2 and is located in usr/lib/pango.

Try uninstalling and reinstalling pango.

Hope this helps

Old 05-24-2006, 05:49 PM   #3
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Hi Bob,

Thanks! I'd not thought of that simple idea (which is a bit embarrassing). I've now uninstalled and installed pango by the command "rpm -Uvh --force" followed by the rpm file in my original Fedora distribution. The updating seemed to work fine.

Unfortunately, pirut behaves exactly as before. Hmm.

I suppose I could update pirut as well. Any other ideas?

Thanks so much!



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