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Old 11-24-2006, 05:39 PM   #1
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libSDL not being found, yet it is installed

Hello! I've downloaded the latest version of Blender3D (2.42a), but when I try to run it I get

[th317erd@TheNerd blender]$ ./blender
./blender: error while loading shared libraries: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory
Then I look (and set) the LD_LIBRARY_PATH to point to (which is a simlink that points to libSDL- [both reside in /usr/lib and /usr/lib64]).

[th317erd@TheNerd blender]$ echo "${LD_LIBRARY_PATH}"
And when I run ldd:

[th317erd@TheNerd blender]$ ldd blender =>  (0xffffe000) => /usr/lib/ (0x4da8e000) => /usr/lib/ (0x4d93c000) => not found => /lib/tls/ (0x4da1d000) => /lib/ (0x4db87000) => /lib/tls/ (0x4d7de000) => /lib/tls/ (0x4d907000) => /lib/ (0x4d92c000) => /usr/lib/ (0x4d94e000) => /lib/ (0x4d932000) => /usr/X11R6/lib/ (0x4daae000) => /usr/X11R6/lib/ (0x4db77000)
        /lib/ (0x4d7c5000)
The previous Blender version 2.41 ran fine. The only other program that has the same problem on my system is mplayer. All other SDL programs work fine.

Please help me out. I've tried everything I know of. I think I even tried reinstalling sdl when I had this problem with mplayer. I'll try it again. Please help in the meantime.

I am running Fedora Core 3. AMD 64bit proccessor. nVidia video drivers.

Last edited by The_Nerd; 11-24-2006 at 05:40 PM.
Old 11-24-2006, 05:48 PM   #2
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Make sure you have the development version of the library installed via your distros package manager. Many distros separate runtime linkable libraries from the development version (which includes headers and anything else necessary to compile programs which use the library).

In Ubuntu, development versions of packages have the suffix -dev. I believe in SuSE they have the suffix -devel. Not sure about Redhat - can someone post here with that?
Old 11-24-2006, 06:13 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply. I know this, but it doesn't apply to this situation. I got the blender binary, and, in the case of mplayer, the binary also. Both can't find libSDL though they are looking in the right place, and it does exist. I've also made sure /etc/ is correct and I've tried running ldconfig multiple times, plus I tried running both as a different user. Still nothing. Please help!
Old 11-24-2006, 06:15 PM   #4
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I just tried installing the SDL-binary rpm from and it worked!!!

I don't know why it worked, but hey, I am not complaining.

Thanks for the help!



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