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CLOSED  Bug report #365  -  Development packages crash in Ubuntu 12.04 and Cairo render
Posted Apr 06, 2013 - updated Jan 05, 2019
icon_info.png This issue has been closed with status "Closed" and resolution "RESOLVED".
Issue details
  • Type of issue
    Bug report
  • Status
  • Assigned to
     Konstantin Dmitriev
  • Progress
  • Type of bug
    Not triaged
  • Likelihood
    Not triaged
  • Effect
    Not triaged
  • Posted by
     Carlos López
  • Owned by
    Not owned by anyone
  • Time spent
    2 weeks, 4 days, 24 hours
  • Category
  • Resolution
  • Priority
    Must fix before next release
  • Targetted for
    icon_milestones.png 0.64.0
  • Tags
    icon_customdatatype.png crash cairo package dependence
  • Difficulty
    icon_customdatatype.png Not determined
Issue description
Development version of Synfig Studio (master branch commit 9e8d90db11009151ee370213e54b468638aae4e2), package created on Linux Mint 14 (equivalent to Ubuntu 12.10) crashes when any of the features that exists on Cairo >= 1.12.0 is used in Ubuntu 12.04 64 bits.

Looks like the synfig libraries aren't liked against the 1.12.* cairo version requested but it is using the cairo system libraries. So if the system sunning Synfig is doesn't have cairo >= 1.12.0 it doesn't find the proper symbol in the libraries and crash.

Steps to reproduce this issue
Download the package from here:

and install in Ubuntu 12.04 Create a layer (circle), group it -> crash

Comment posted by
 Carlos López
Apr 06, 17:50
Running Ubuntu 12.04 I did:

  1. Clone the git repository: git clone
  2. Moved to autobuild folder and run the build script: LANG=C sudo bash package
  3. After a while six packaged are created. It means that it is possible to build the Synfig code with the script.
  4.  I installed the corresponding package to the architecture (amd64 deb) without any complain from the installer.
  5. I run Synfig Studio create a circle layer and group it ==> crash

synfigstudio: symbol lookup error /opt/synfig/lib/ undefined symbol: cairo_surface_create_similar_image

Also, I've opened synaptic and verify the installed files and the dependences:

Dependences: Files provided:

And there is no trace of cairo in the dependences or the installed files. So the conclusion is that the script compiles an links against the correct cairo library but it is not provided and so it crashes when a synbol only existing in cairo > 1.12 is used.
Comment posted by
 Konstantin Dmitriev
Apr 25, 16:57
Should be fixed now

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