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Old 01-01-2013, 04:24 PM   #1
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Troubleshooting Calibre 0.9.12 and Ubuntu 12.04.1 LTS

Hi,

I've recently moved to Linux from Windows and have been using Calibre without issues. Yesterday I had cause to reinstall linux, but after installing Calibre 0.9.12 I started having graphics issues (icons disappearing in Unity and desktop wallpaper disappearing after reboot). Afterwards, the UI disappears altogether. I have tried several times from a clean install and the same problems occur.

I was using an earlier version of Calibre before the reinstall yesterday, which worked well.

Here are the steps I followed:

- clean install of Ubuntu 12.04.1 LTS 64 bit, with no updates.
- no other packages installed (seems like everything I need is already installed).
- install Calibre as per the instructions on the Calibre web-site (and using the default install directory).

I would welcome some troubleshooting tips.

I am willing to install an older version of Calibre if someone can show me how (I can download the older versions from Sourceforge but I think I need to "install" rather than simply untar'ing the file).

Here's the console output for the Calibre installation:

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dsana@spitfire:~$ sudo python -c "import sys; py3 = sys.version_info[0] > 2; u = __import__('urllib.request' if py3 else 'urllib', fromlist=1); exec(u.urlopen('http://status.calibre-ebook.com/linux_installer').read()); main()"
[sudo] password for dsana:
Enter the installation directory for calibre [/opt]:
Will download and install calibre-0.9.12-x86_64.tar.bz2
Downloading calibre-0.9.12-x86_64.tar.bz2
100% [================================================== ====================]
Downloaded 57535358 bytes
Checking downloaded file integrity...
Extracting files to /opt/calibre ...
Extracting application files...
Creating symlinks...
Symlinking /opt/calibre/fetch-ebook-metadata to /usr/bin/fetch-ebook-metadata
Symlinking /opt/calibre/lrf2lrs to /usr/bin/lrf2lrs
Symlinking /opt/calibre/ebook-convert to /usr/bin/ebook-convert
Symlinking /opt/calibre/ebook-meta to /usr/bin/ebook-meta
Symlinking /opt/calibre/lrs2lrf to /usr/bin/lrs2lrf
Symlinking /opt/calibre/lrfviewer to /usr/bin/lrfviewer
Symlinking /opt/calibre/calibre to /usr/bin/calibre
Symlinking /opt/calibre/markdown-calibre to /usr/bin/markdown-calibre
Symlinking /opt/calibre/calibre-debug to /usr/bin/calibre-debug
Symlinking /opt/calibre/calibre-parallel to /usr/bin/calibre-parallel
Symlinking /opt/calibre/web2disk to /usr/bin/web2disk
Symlinking /opt/calibre/calibre-server to /usr/bin/calibre-server
Symlinking /opt/calibre/calibre-customize to /usr/bin/calibre-customize
Symlinking /opt/calibre/ebook-viewer to /usr/bin/ebook-viewer
Symlinking /opt/calibre/calibre-smtp to /usr/bin/calibre-smtp
Symlinking /opt/calibre/epub-fix to /usr/bin/epub-fix
Symlinking /opt/calibre/ebook-device to /usr/bin/ebook-device
Symlinking /opt/calibre/calibredb to /usr/bin/calibredb
Setting up bash completion...
Installing bash completion to /etc/bash_completion.d/calibre
Setting up desktop integration...


You can automate future calibre installs by specifying the
installation directory in the install command itself, like
this:

sudo python -c "import sys; py3 = sys.version_info[0] > 2; u = __import__('urllib.request' if py3 else 'urllib', fromlist=1); exec(u.urlopen('http://status.calibre-ebook.com/linux_installer').read()); main(install_dir='/opt')"

Change /opt above to whatever directory you want calibre to be
automatically installed to


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Old 01-01-2013, 06:11 PM   #2
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After reading another thread, it seems that the installer does this:

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All the installer does is install symlinks in /usr/bin, manpages, bash completion and other guff.
So I downloaded Calibre 0.9.12 from Sourceforge and untar'd it. I now have a working Calibre.

I don't know why there was system issues after using the Calibre installer, but after countless clean linux installs I am happy to get Calibre up and running, and will now use this method for installing/updating.

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Old 01-01-2013, 06:24 PM   #3
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No direct answers, but..

1. I've been using Ubuntu 10.04 (last LTS) successfully with all versions of calibre.
2. I won't touch Unity with a ten foot pole. Until i can figure how to reliably install stock gnome, I'm staying where I am.
3. *Do* the updates. If for no other reason than security. There may be video driver issues that have been fixed.
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No direct answers, but..

1. I've been using Ubuntu 10.04 (last LTS) successfully with all versions of calibre.
Hi, yes Calibre up and running again as per my previous reply!

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2. I won't touch Unity with a ten foot pole. Until i can figure how to reliably install stock gnome, I'm staying where I am.
I use gnome classic. But in order to reduce complexity for troubleshooting I went with the default config which is unity.


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3. *Do* the updates. If for no other reason than security. There may be video driver issues that have been fixed.
Again, for troubeshooting simplicity I did not apply any updates (Calibre installation problems also occurred when all updates were applied).
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