#171 Xfe crashes when selecting the properties of a file


After selecting 'Properties' from context menu with a file selected the program crashes with
FXComposeContext: illegal window parameter
Aborted (core dumped)

Xfe 1.33
Xubuntu 12.10


  • Roland Baudin

    Roland Baudin - 2012-12-21

    I don't see this bug on my Debian box, so it's probably related to your particular configuration.
    So, could you give me more details : with what file types does it crash ? What panel mode do you use ?
    Does it crash whith several files selected ?
    Does it crash in a particular directory or in ant directory ?

  • Charles Hicks

    Charles Hicks - 2012-12-22

    It crashes with any type of file in any directory. It does not crash when multiple files are selected.

  • Charles Hicks

    Charles Hicks - 2012-12-22

    I've tried attaching the crash report generated by whoopsie, but this site isn't let me attach it.

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    Anonymous - 2012-12-22

    I am getting the same crash. It also crashes when I select "Open With..." in the context menu. For the crash when opening the Properties dialog, the problem (for xfe-1.32.5) is at Properties.cpp:505, with the call to input->setFocus(). When it crashes upon selecting "Open With", the crash is at HistInputDialog.h:33, again with a call to field->setFocus(). I noticed that you have "hacks" in foxhacks.cpp to correct some of this behavior, but in both these cases, your override is not being called.

    System details:
    Linux Mint 14, libfox version from the repository is 1.6.45-1ubuntu2

    Last edit: Anonymous 2014-04-05
  • TabletHater

    TabletHater - 2012-12-31

    Same here on Ubuntu minimal + fluxbox. Xfe seems very very fine, but I've seen this same bug of Fox reported on and off since 2007. Would compiling from source help?

  • Charles Hicks

    Charles Hicks - 2012-12-31

    That (xfe -im nothing) works for me. Thanks

  • Roland Baudin

    Roland Baudin - 2013-02-27
    • status: open --> closed-works-for-me
  • Roland Baudin

    Roland Baudin - 2013-02-27


    finally I've got the answer to thi issue. Here it is :

    The Xfe package provided by Ubuntu is broken because they use the -Bsymbolic-functions option when compiling the FOX library. I've filled a bug report to the Ubuntu team, so hopefully the bug will be fixed soon. In between, you can download and install the libfox and xfe packages I provide on my website. Here are the links :


    Thanks for the bug report,

  • lawabb

    lawabb - 2013-05-29

    Bug Still present on Ubuntu 13.04. Installing the libfox and xfe packages above (once dependency issues sorted) fixes the problem


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