[scribus] Idiot wants to build 1.5.0 from source

John Culleton john at wexfordpress.com
Wed Jun 22 13:18:05 UTC 2011

On Wednesday, June 22, 2011 06:15:45 am a.l.e wrote:
> hi
> > Looking at /usr/local/scribus_svn/bin/ there is an 
executable with the
> > name "scribus." Launching it starts Scribus 1.3.9. Its 
properties says
> > it is owned by root. Launching it from the command line 
as root gives
> > me:
> > 
> > [root at Devil8 bin]# scribus
> > No protocol specified
> > scribus: cannot connect to X server :0.0
> > 
> > The properties for the executable only say that it is 
owned by root;
> > there is no further information about the file.
> please, refrain from running scribus as root!
> it's not a good idea.
> ciao
> a.l.e
> ___

In general you cannot run anything from the gui if you have 
signed on as a user and then done su in a GUI console 
session to get root privileges. So at runtime use your user 
sign in as ALE recommends.

Building Scribus is a different matter. 
My method is to build Scribus as root using cron overnight, 
but then run it from my user name. Cron runs with root 

My cron call is very simple. In the folder 
I have a two line file that looks like this:


This file is made executable by the command:
chmod 777 (filename)
The texts of scrib140 and scrib150 have been posted before. 
They also have to be made executable with chmod.

Note that for my method the files 
must exist. Otherwise bad things will happen.

Those of us who use Slackware or a Slackware derivative 
have the necessary libraries for compiling Scribus, which 
is Qt based. Slackware assumes that you will be compiling 
programs that use Qt. Other distros assume that you will be 
useing the Gnome libraries. So it is easier to compile 
Scribus on Slackware, but easier to compile e.g., Inkscape 
on another distribution. 

Salix, a Slackware derivative, gives you the best of both 
John Culleton

"Death Wore Black" Police procedural: 

"Create Book Covers with Scribus"
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