Installing Copasi on Manjaro Linux: Problem and Solution

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Melanie Stefan

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Aug 15, 2022, 11:18:23 AM8/15/22
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Hi all,

tl;dr: I tried installing Copasi on Manjaro Linux, it didn't work at first, but then it did, so I am sharing what I did for anyone else who may find themselves in the same situation.

Full story:

- I am running Manjaro Linux 21.3.6, downloaded the installer for Copasi 4.36 (Build 260) for 64-bit Linux. The installation ran without any obvious problems.

- BUT navigating to the relevant directory and typing

./CopasiUI

gives the following error message:

This application failed to start because it could not find or load the Qt platform plugin "xcb"
in "<path_to_copasi_dir>/share/copasi/lib/plugins"
Available platform plugins are: xcb.
Reinstalling the application may fix this problem.

- (Narrator: Reinstalling the application did not fix this problem).

- But after a bit of searching around I found (here: https://forum.manjaro.org/t/undefined-symbol-ft-done-mm-var/36461) that this may work:

LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/libfreetype.so ./CopasiUI


- And this did work! You can make this part of an alias in your .bashrc or .zshrc or wherever you do this kind of stuff.
   
alias CopasiUI='LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/libfreetype.so <path_to_CopasiUI>'


(I don't understand this well enough to explain. It has to do with telling the system where it should look for libraries first (?), but honestly I don't know. I just spent the day googling and trying random things like a monkey with a keyboard. And am hoping this post will save someone else some time.)

Best wishes,
Melanie

Frank Bergmann

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Aug 15, 2022, 1:38:27 PM8/15/22
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Thank you Melanie for letting us know. We'll be sure to test it on manjaro next time. Maybe bundling freetype from the build system will already solve the problem. 

best
Frank

Hoops, Stefan (sh9cq)

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Aug 15, 2022, 2:43:10 PM8/15/22
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Hello Melanie,

We are already bundling libfreetype with COPASI. Can you see what
happens if you remove:

<path_to_copasi_dir>/share/copasi/lib/libfreetype.so.6

Thanks,
Stefan
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Melanie Stefan

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Aug 16, 2022, 8:54:42 AM8/16/22
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Hi Stefan and Frank,

I can confirm that this works: I can start CopasiUI after removing that
file.

Many thanks for your help!

Melanie
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