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Old 02-23-2008, 01:03 AM   #1
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Elisa Media Center - Doesn't start

After finally figuring out the correct Xorg modelines that work with my HDTV, i decided to install Elisa Media Center on Ubuntu 7.10
The software which is written in Python, looks really good and it should do what i need. I downloaded the source and i read through the requirements and installed each of the following packages:

- Python >= 2.4
- python2.4-dev
- python-setuptools
- python-imaging
- python-twisted >= 2.2
- python-twisted-web
- python-gnome2-extras
- python-pysqlite2
- python-gtk2
- GStreamer 0.10 + Python Bindings :
- Pigment 0.3.3 + Python Bindings

installed elisa from source
python build
when i run elisa it comes back with the following message:
WARN  MainThread      media_manager               Feb 22 23:55:18  Un-met dependency for youtube: gdata (elisa/core/
WARN  MainThread      media_manager               Feb 22 23:55:18  Component fspot_media failed to initialize: FSpot DB not found at '/home/waelaltaqi/.gnome2/f-spot/photos.db' (elisa/core/
WARN  MainThread      media_manager               Feb 22 23:55:19  Un-met dependency for ipod: gpod (elisa/core/
WARN  MainThread      media_manager               Feb 22 23:55:19  Un-met dependency for flickr:flickr_media: twill (elisa/core/
WARN  MainThread      interface_controller        Feb 22 23:55:20  Un-met dependency for lirc: pylirc (elisa/core/
The program 'elisa' received an X Window System error.
This probably reflects a bug in the program.
The error was 'BadMatch (invalid parameter attributes)'.
  (Details: serial 28 error_code 8 request_code 143 minor_code 5)
  (Note to programmers: normally, X errors are reported asynchronously;
   that is, you will receive the error a while after causing it.
   To debug your program, run it with the --sync command line
   option to change this behavior. You can then get a meaningful
   backtrace from your debugger if you break on the gdk_x_error() function.)
here elisa.conf which is stored under ~/.elisa/elisa.conf (There are many lines for unmet dependencies but those are not required to run. i can't see anything relevant there either):
version = '0.3.3'
install_date = '2008-02-21'
media_providers = ['daap:daap_media', 'youtube:youtube_media', 'shoutcast:shoutcast_media', 'fspot:fspot_media', 'coherence:upnp_media', 'ipod:ipod_media', 'base:local_media', 'media_db:elisa_media', 'gvfs:gnomevfs_media', 'audiocd:audiocd_media', 'flickr:flickr_media', 'stage6:stage_media']
metadata_providers = ['gstreamer:gst_metadata_client', 'amazon:amazon_covers']
service_providers = ['gnome:gnome_screensaver_service', 'hal:hal_service', 'coherence:coherence_service']
player_engines = ['base:playbin_engine', 'audiocd:cdda_engine']
backends = ['backend1']
frontends = ['frontend1']

enabled = '1'
db_backend = 'sqlite'
database = 'elisa.db'
fivemin_location_updates = []
hourly_location_updates = []
daily_location_updates = []
weekly_location_updates = []
unmonitored_locations = []

activity = 'raval:elisa_activity'
mvc_mappings = 'raval:data/raval_mvc_mappings.conf'
input_providers = ['lirc:lirc_input']

backend = 'backend1'
theme = 'raval:tango_theme'
input_providers = ['pigment:pigment_input']

locations = []
auto_locations = 1

# filename of the LIRC config map to use
lirc_rc = 'streamzap.lirc'
delay = '4'
repeat = '1'

logmode = 'none'
controlpoint = 'yes'


# a list of activites, which should beappear in the service_menu
service_activities = ['service:about_activity']

hidden_file_chars = '!.'

# uri of the dvd. must be file:///* or dvd://
dvd_uri = 'dvd://'

audiosink = 'autoaudiosink'

# a list of themes 'plugin:component' like 'raval:tango_theme'
themes = ['raval:tango_theme', 'raval:poblenou_theme', 'raval:chris_theme']
# Block the Screensaver. Available modes are:   * 1 : block on playing only  *
# 2 : block from the start to the end, use this, if you are only using remotes,
# on which the screensaver is not reacting * else: do not block!
blocking_mode = 2
# absolute path to f-spot photos.db file
db_path = '/home/waelaltaqi/.gnome2/f-spot/photos.db'
# set your locale amazon here, could be any of de,jp,ca,uk,fr
locale = ''
i'm working under 1024*768 resolution and it's working perfect. I looked in /var/log/Xorg.0.log and there is nothing relevant. I even deleted the content of Xorg.0.log and there is nothing being written when i run the elisa. Unfortunately, elisa doesn't come with a debug switch and I'm not quit sure if it has it's own log file (went through /var/log and there is nothing there).
Does anyone know were should i start looking to troubleshoot this problem? Thanks in advance.

Last edited by waelaltaqi; 02-23-2008 at 01:10 AM.
Old 02-24-2008, 11:28 AM   #2
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But why would you compile it when it is in the repositories? If it were any other package, OK, but Elisa has this reputation when it comes to building it oneself...
Old 02-24-2008, 01:24 PM   #3
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working ... but not fully!!!!

The reason i installed from source is that installing using apt-get didn't work for me. When a binary install doesn't succeed i try source installation to eliminate any repository errors.

The error i posted is not appearing anymore. I found out that i couldn't even start a 3D screen saver which lead me to believe that there was something wrong with my graphic driver. My card is an ATI Readon 9600XT. After some research, i found out that I DON'T need to run the proprietary nor the Ubuntu driver but rather use the fglrx driver which enabled 3D glx based graphics. After reconfiguring xorg to use fglrx, the card is working beautifully and elisa doesn't show the error i posted anymore.

The problem I'm facing now is that after starting elisa, it's hanging up. My computer is nothing fancy by any means. P4 1.8 GHZ, 512MB RAM and 256MB ATI card. When i try to change some Themes for example, it hangs up and sometimes i have to hard shutdown the computer because elisa starts in full screen mode and i couldn't figure out a way to force quit it from full screen.

Do you know how to disable full screen mode so i can better troubleshoot? do you know of a way to debug my "hang up" problem?
Old 02-24-2008, 01:37 PM   #4
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start_fullscreen='0' in elisa.conf (should be a hidden directory in your home directory).

As for troubleshooting, have you checked the elisa files in your home directory for any error logs? Or try launching from the command line with
elisa 2> errors.txt
so it logs any error messages in your home directory.

By the way, no need to reboot when it covers your whole screen. Just press Ctrl + Alt + F1, sign in and run
ps ax | grep elisa
this should shown the id it is running with; use this to kill it:
kill ID
Then return to your gui with alt + f7.

Last edited by jay73; 02-24-2008 at 01:43 PM.


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