#889 Warning "modules directory is not accessible" appears on starting PCManFM

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2014-08-08
2014-07-21
Sworddragon
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I'm using PCManFM 1.2.1 and every time PCManFM is started I'm seeing the following warning:

(pcmanfm:5274): WARNING : modules directory is not accessible

Discussion

  • Lonely Stranger

    Lonely Stranger - 2014-08-07

    Do you have following directories (it's for Lubuntu 64 bit)?

    /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libfm/modules
    /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/pcmanfm

    In case if you don't have first one the message is appropriate and notifies you don't have modules installed (and libfm-modules package should be recommended therefore installed by default). In case if you don't have second one your pcmanfm package is broken, it should include that directory. In any case it is not the pcmanfm source issue but package installation one, we cannot do anything with it. Thanks.

     
  • Lonely Stranger

    Lonely Stranger - 2014-08-07
    • status: open --> closed-invalid
    • assigned_to: Lonely Stranger
     
  • Sworddragon

    Sworddragon - 2014-08-08

    Only the second directory does exist. But libfm-modules is indeed not installed but it is also not a dependency on Ubuntu 14.10 dev so it doesn't get automatically installed (I also think that this is wanted and doesn't indicate that the libfm/pcmanfm packages are broken - otherwise the maintainer should propably declare libfm-modules as a dependency).

     
  • Lonely Stranger

    Lonely Stranger - 2014-08-08

    In fact, there is a dependency in Ubuntu 14.10 - see http://packages.ubuntu.com/utopic/libfm4 - it is a recommended one as I said, not strict, and recommended packages should be installed by default as they complete functionality for the package, there are quite very few rare cases when recommended packages may be not installed. So the most probably you deliberatedly omitted (or deinstalled later) libfm-modules so it is your personal effects, not even maintainer issue. Cheers! :)

     
  • Sworddragon

    Sworddragon - 2014-08-08

    In fact, there is a dependency

    It is not a dependency but a recommendation (as you also stated - but mixing these words for the same thing can confuse others). libfm-modules is not installed on my system as I'm keeping it recommendation-free if no other dependency is indirectly a recommendation for another package.

    In fact, there is a dependency

    As long as the functionality of recommended packages is not essential (which seems to be the case here) all is fine. Just the warning is a little annoying but I can live with it on my valid recommendation-free (and thus without libfm-modules) installation :)

     
    Last edit: Sworddragon 2014-08-08
  • Lonely Stranger

    Lonely Stranger - 2014-08-08

    Well, that is a question of terms. :) I usually think of it that way: the Depends means strict dependency, i.e. package will not work without another package, the Recommends means optional dependency, i.e. package will work but some functions may not work or work just partially. Some applications show warning about incomplete functionality, some don't. LibFM is one which does. Without modules you will be not able to browse applications, do search, untrash files, empty trash can, and edit any shortcuts, BTW. Thanks.

     
  • Sworddragon

    Sworddragon - 2014-08-08

    Some time ago I have heard from a developer that some developers are seeing recommendations more stricter than others. But from the listed features I think it is correct here that libfm-modules is a recommendation (I'm also normally not using these features. And as already said, the warning is not much of a problem :)).

     

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