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Old 12-07-2003, 07:27 AM   #1
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gDesklets: ImportError: could not import bonobo.ui

Hi there.

I'm trying to make this gDesklets work.

What I did:
I have Slack 9.1 with gnome 2.4
I installed pyorbit(found as slack tgz package pyorbit-2.0.0-i486-1dj.tgz), then dl gnome-python-2.0.0 source and compiled it.
I get this from configure:

The following modules will be built:


The following modules will NOT be built:


I thing that this is ok, then make and make install.

I got gDesklets 0.24.1 source, compiled and installed.

When I try to just do $ gdesklets I get:

Traceback (most recent call last):
File "/usr/bin/gdesklets", line 4, in ?
from main import HOME
File "/usr/share/gdesklets/main/", line 51, in ?
import gnome.ui
ImportError: could not import bonobo.ui

I looked everywhere for a solution but with no luck.

What can I do to solve this?

Old 01-19-2004, 07:41 PM   #2
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ever get it working?
Old 01-19-2004, 08:19 PM   #3
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install python-numeric
Old 09-02-2004, 07:02 AM   #4
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Wrong answer, at least in my case. I have python-numeric installed and I still get the error. And anyway, what does python-numeric have to do with the error???
Old 09-02-2004, 07:39 AM   #5
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export PYTHONPATH=/usr/local/lib/python-2.3/site-python

or something similar, the pathname may be different.
Old 09-02-2004, 08:19 AM   #6
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export PYTHONPATH=/usr/local/lib/python-2.3/site-python
Sorry, this doesn't work either. I assume that you meant


The echo test posted previously gives:

$ PYTHONPATH=/usr/lib/python2.2/site-packages echo -e "import bonobo.ui\nprint 'OK'"|python Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "<stdin>", line 1, in ?
  File "/usr/lib/python2.3/site-packages/", line 6, in ?
ImportError: No module named ORBit
(The file mentioned is owned by the python-imaging package.)

All my ORBit & python packages verify without errors, as does gnome-python2-bonobo.
Old 09-02-2004, 09:13 AM   #7
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Vladimir, that answer was meant for Frankk not you. And no, I definitely meant /usr/local not /usr - he said he installed gnome-python from source so it will have been put to /usr/local. I don't know what is causing your problem.
Old 09-02-2004, 10:08 AM   #8
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Thanks everybody for the replyes, but I gave up and found precompiled packages for Slackware that work fine.

Old 10-03-2004, 10:00 PM   #9
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Where did you find the package that works on slackware?
cand you send it to me please?
Old 04-10-2005, 06:30 PM   #10
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White Flag

After spending many hours of installing libraries, utilities, devel packages, etc, I finally decided to give up on GDesklets and give gKrellm a shot. It was up and running in minutes, with custom skins and settings. I wonder who decided to make GDesklets to hard to get working? If they would just put all the required packages up on the Yum/apt repositories, it could be installed painlessly ( like gKrellm was ). Instead, it either works right away or sends you to dependency hell, no middle ground included.

They definitely need some help with testing their packages if they want GDesklets to become widely used on different Linux distributions. I hope they realize this and change their development/packaging process to reduce the failure/frustration rate with this application.

In short, if it looks good but doesn't work, it isn't good. Like having a new Mercedez Benz car that won't accept any gas you put in always complains the fuel mixture is missing a required ingredient.


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