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Old 10-20-2007, 09:09 PM   #1
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gdk_threads_lock error when starting Firefox under OpenSuSE 10.3

I just installed OpenSuSE 10.3 as an upgrade from 10.2. Now, when I attempt to start up Firefox I get a message
undefined symbol: gdk_threads_lock
A Google search revealed that the same error was reported in a couple of years ago, but no solution was offered.

I'd guess that I'm missing a package -- but which one?

Last edited by pwabrahams; 10-20-2007 at 09:18 PM. Reason: It's gdk_threads_lock, not gtk_threads_lock
Old 10-23-2007, 10:54 AM   #2
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I found the explanation: the distribution version of Firefox was miscompiled, and gdk_threads_lock probably does not exist in any current library. I replaced the distribution version by the version from the Mozilla website and Firefox now loads and works correctly.

To check this I ran the following on various versions:

strings firefox-bin | grep gdk_thread

The defective version showed gdk_threads_lock but no other version did.



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