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Old 04-29-2009, 11:16 PM   #1
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Calibre for Ubuntu (Jaunty)

Hi;
I tested Calibre on Windows and I liked it so much I upgraded my Ubuntu PCs to Jaunty to install the version from the 'Official' repository.

Installation went fine and I copied over my library from the Windows installation. Everything seemed fine until I clicked on the View button. Nothing happens - just a couple of seconds of wait then nothing. Reader does not open. I unchecked all of the viewer options and can get PDF format open with an external reader but nothing for the FB2 or EPUB formats.

Looking at the system log I found the following message:

calibre-paralle[4719]: segfault at 740064 ip b4d906c7 sp bfb350ac error 4 in libQtWebKit.so.4.5.0[b484e000+ddc000]

Any thoughts or pointers - did I screw up the installation?
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Old 04-30-2009, 12:09 AM   #2
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the calibre viewer in the ubuntu installation is incompatible with qt 4.5, try commenting out the line

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#self.view.setProperty("url", QtCore.QVariant(QtCore.QUrl("about:blank")))
in calibre/gui2/viewer/main_ui.py
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Old 04-30-2009, 12:33 AM   #3
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the calibre viewer in the ubuntu installation is incompatible with qt 4.5, try commenting out the line

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#self.view.setProperty("url", QtCore.QVariant(QtCore.QUrl("about:blank")))
in calibre/gui2/viewer/main_ui.py
I installed the version from the Calibre site on my JJ and everything works just dandy.
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Old 04-30-2009, 02:40 AM   #4
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the binary installer includes its own private copy of qt 4.4
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Old 04-30-2009, 10:08 AM   #5
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Worked perfectly - Thank you.

The comments in the main_ui.py script say that any changes will be lost. Will this occur on a reinstall?

Thanks again - and congratulations for a great product.
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Old 04-30-2009, 10:15 AM   #6
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yeah, you will have to redo the change on a re-install
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Old 05-02-2009, 03:45 PM   #7
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The version in Jaunty that I got after the installation was 0.4.129, which is ancient, considering calibre's rapid development (thanks, Kovid).

The binary install directly from the web site still looks the best choice for up-to-date calibre.
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Old 05-02-2009, 05:23 PM   #8
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Add repository

Just add the repository

deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/fabricesp/ppa/ubuntu jaunty main


as described here

https://launchpad.net/~fabricesp/+archive/ppa

The version in there is 0.5.9 while Kovid has released 0.5.10 (enough up to date for you ?)
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Old 05-02-2009, 06:14 PM   #9
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enough up to date for you ?
Yes, that's way better. Thanks for the repository pointer.
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Old 05-03-2009, 10:03 AM   #10
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You guys just too lazy for the binary download?

Seriously, that's the best choice overall.
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Old 05-03-2009, 11:41 AM   #11
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You guys just too lazy for the binary download?
Well... yes. One could argue that laziness is not only an inherent part of human nature, but also the driving force of technology. There.

On a more serious note, I never close calibre (it mimizes itself), and Linux boxes go without reboots for long periods of time. Calibre's own notification function is hence circumvented.

The distribution of updates is the function best pushed to the distros. Except it is hard to keep up with Kovid.
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Old 05-03-2009, 01:00 PM   #12
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Well... yes. One could argue that laziness is not only an inherent part of human nature, but also the driving force of technology. There.

On a more serious note, I never close calibre (it mimizes itself), and Linux boxes go without reboots for long periods of time. Calibre's own notification function is hence circumvented.

The distribution of updates is the function best pushed to the distros. Except it is hard to keep up with Kovid.
I do a shutdown / restart of calibre every day or so to make sure I always know I'm running the latest.

Perhaps we could bribe Kovid to put in new functionality to do a version check every so many days for the Linux users in the crowd. :-)
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I do a shutdown / restart of calibre every day or so to make sure I always know I'm running the latest.

Perhaps we could bribe Kovid to put in new functionality to do a version check every so many days for the Linux users in the crowd. :-)
That sounds like a really good idea.
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Old 06-06-2009, 05:12 PM   #14
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The comments in the main_ui.py script say that any changes will be lost.
I have instead edited the src/calibre/gui2/viewer/main.ui file that is used to generate the main_ui.py file. If you remove this bit:

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          <property name="url" >
           <url>
            <string>about:blank</string>
           </url>
          </property>
That will cause the setUrl() line to be omitted on the next build, and will remain omitted even when updating the source.
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Old 06-26-2009, 08:55 AM   #15
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Any progress on providing Calibre for Ubuntu Hardy 8.04.1? On attempted install, I got Illegal Instruction?
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