Bug 187642 - freeglut 2.4.0 aborts with "Failed to create cursor"
freeglut 2.4.0 aborts with "Failed to create cursor"
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: freeglut (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Hans de Goede
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2006-04-02 00:41 EST by Walter Neumann
Modified: 2018-04-11 07:03 EDT (History)
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Fixed In Version: 2.4.0-11.fc6
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Last Closed: 2007-07-27 18:17:07 EDT
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Description Walter Neumann 2006-04-02 00:41:42 EST
Description of problem:Running knotplot, which depends on freeglut, the program
aborts with a message 
"freeglut (knotplot): Failed to create cursor"

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:
Try to run knotplot. This is a known bug that affects other programs too, see

Steps to Reproduce:
1. run knotplot
Actual results:
Program aborts with message 
"freeglut (knotplot): Failed to create cursor"

Expected results:
program runs.


Additional info: Downgrading freeglut to 2.2.0 fixes the problem. But a patch
for freeglut 2.4.0 has been posted at the above link, which I have not tried
Comment 1 Mike A. Harris 2006-04-03 21:35:45 EDT
Please report this issue to the freeglut project's bug tracker on sourceforge,
and/or discuss the issue on one of the freeglut mailing lists.  Once the
developers have officially blessed a particular patch/solution and committed
it to CVS, we will review it and consider it for inclusion in a future

Please provide a URL to the upstream bug report for tracking purposes.

Thanks in advance.
Comment 2 Walter Neumann 2006-04-03 22:33:38 EDT
It has apparantly been fixed in CVS for over 8 months but the last stable
release, which seems to be the fedora version, was 9 months ago.

Comment 3 Mike A. Harris 2006-04-04 09:30:49 EDT
Ugh.  I must praise the freeglut project for having decent enough ideology
to free the GLUT API from the non-open license the original GLUT implementation
was under, but unfortunately they lose points for not embracing the open
source concept of "release early, release often".  In 3 years (or is it 4?)
they have released 2 versions of freeglut, and never ever release bugfix
releases ever.

Perhaps it is time for us to consider looking into OpenGLUT as an open
source alternative to freeglut.

Comment 4 Mike A. Harris 2006-06-05 21:21:12 EDT
(In reply to comment #3)

> Perhaps it is time for us to consider looking into OpenGLUT as an open
> source alternative to freeglut.

A month or so ago I investigated OpenGLUT, and it turns out to not be
a suitable replacement, as it does not guarantee compatibility with
GLUT like freeglut does.

So, we're stuck using freeglut and patching it for the time being...

Comment 5 Matěj Cepl 2007-04-04 18:05:47 EDT
Reporter, could you confirm please, that this bug still could be reproduced with
the latest release of Fedora (FC6)?
Comment 6 Walter Neumann 2007-04-24 16:44:08 EDT
Yes it is still the same bug both in FC6 with freeglut-2.4.0-11.fc6 and in FC5
with freeglut-2.4.0-4
Comment 8 Adam Jackson 2007-07-27 17:50:44 EDT
This isn't my bug.
Comment 9 Hans de Goede 2007-07-27 18:17:07 EDT
This has long been fixed:

* Sun Mar 18 2007 Hans de Goede <j.w.r.degoede@hhs.nl> 2.4.0-11
- Minor specfile cleanups
- Add a patch from gentoo to stop flightgear from crashing

That patch from gentoo is the same patch as linked to above, and
freeglut-2.4.0-11.fc6 has been available from Fedora Extras since March 19 2007,

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