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Golly not running on recent versions of Ubuntu

Postby blah » December 18th, 2018, 1:45 am

I tried running Golly 3.2 on Ubuntu 18.04, but nothing happens. When running it from a terminal, this shows up:
$ ./golly
./golly: error while loading shared libraries: libpng12.so.0: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory
$ :(

From what I could find by looking that up, I believe Golly is at fault for this. I think any install of a recent enough version of Ubuntu will have this problem?
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Re: Golly not running on recent versions of Ubuntu

Postby Heavpoot » January 1st, 2019, 1:22 pm

getting something very similar here
./golly: error while loading shared libraries: libSM.so.6: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory
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Re: Golly not running on recent versions of Ubuntu

Postby Freywa » January 1st, 2019, 1:28 pm

I think we need to update Golly's libpng dependency in accordance with this question.
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Re: Golly not running on recent versions of Ubuntu

Postby Andrew » January 12th, 2019, 11:11 pm

blah wrote:I tried running Golly 3.2 on Ubuntu 18.04, but nothing happens.

One of the few things I've learnt about Linux is that it's virtually impossible to distribute a binary that will run on all flavors and versions of Linux.

The "obvious" solution to the above errors would be to download and install the missing shared libraries. If that proves to be difficult or impossible then I can only suggest building Golly yourself. If a Linux noobie like me can do it then anybody can! Download the src tarball from sourceforge and follow the instructions in docs/Build.html.
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