Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 21624
opening a graphical window crashes scilab-2.5-4
Last modified: 2008-05-01 11:37:59 EDT
scilab-2.5-4 crashes when trying to open a graphical window and
returns 'Warning: Cannot convert string "XtorientVertical" to type
Orientation' on the text console.
Can you give me a couple of commands to reproduce it?
The reported bug interferes after executing 'scilab' from the command line
in the shell window.
The main graphics window appears and there is a menu button that allows
to enter the "demo mode" and another one labeled "Graphics Window 0".
When choosing a particular demo program, scilab crashes and returns the
above-mentioned error message on the command line. The same is the case
when one selects the menu point "set" or "create" from the menu related
to the main menu button "Graphics Window 0". This bug has been observed
on two very different PCs (plain RH7 with all updates made available
Fixed in scilab-2.5-5, which should be part of Rawhide sometime soon. Thanks for
Why not put it into ftp://ftp.redhat.com/redhat/updates/powertools/7.0/i386
together with the other updated RPMs of Power Tools 7.0? In a previous case of
Power Tools 6.1, I had already observed that an updated RPM was put into
rawhide than into updates and I didn't really get the reason why. Best regards!
We usually only issue updates for security issues and critical components, as
there is a significant QA effort in releasing them (and to avoid too many
updated packages, so running a specific version has a fairly specific meaning)
Anyway, there are very few instances were programs for 7.1 doesn't run on 7.0 so
this shouldn't be much of a problem.
The bad news is that although this was fixed, it crashes... it does some bad
memory handling (try installing njamd and do "export LD_PRELOAD=libnjamd.so"
before running scilab to see). I'll be looking into it, and I'm reopening the bug.
I have applied the patch as suggested by the "known bugs" on the scilab site. I
haven't tested it very well. I didn't look into the memory problem indicated by
Anyway the patched RPM can be downloaded from, but don't complain if it doesn't
This should now be fixed in scilab-2.6-0.1unstable, available someday from
Rawhide and now from http://people.redhat.com/teg/scilab/