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Correcting Gtk Warnings After Installing XFce From a Binary

by: Nate Cole
Last updated on 28-Feb 2001


Tested on: Caldera OpenLinux 2.3 with kernel 2.2.14.


Note: These tips have only been tested on a binary installation of the XFce Window Manager. Many people who have compiled from source have not experienced any of the errors or warnings described here.

After installing XFce according to the steps, I was getting warnings upon launching almost any tool compiled with the Gimp toolkit; for example xftree and the like:

Gtk-WARNING **: Unable to locate loadable module in module_path: ""

Although there is an option to disable the display of this dialog box, it is useful for my own debugging purposes. The steps I took to fix are:

  1. I found the missing module in /usr/lib/gtk/themes/engines. This is the path that is specified in the RPM.
  2. To find where Gtk *thinks* modules are located, I ran gtk-config --prefix. The output was /usr/X11R6.
  3. In /usr/X11R6/lib, I created a symbolic link named gtk pointing to /usr/lib/gtk.
Enjoy! Nate
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