Bug#851737: wmaker: Appearance-->Preference utility error (could not exec /usr/local/GNUStep/Applications/WPrefs.app/WPrefs

Doug Torrance dtorrance at piedmont.edu
Thu Jan 19 01:46:28 UTC 2017

On 01/18/2017 03:51 AM, Artem wrote:
>     * What led up to the situation?
> Noticed similiar behaviour of this package in other distros.
> The latest package usually builds just fine from the upstream source by the default procedure of configure , make sudo make install with  no additional flags (though not tested on this particular install)
>     * What exactly did you do (or not do) that was effective (or ineffective)?
> Cleanest fresh install of Debian Testing w/o DE, just standard utilities. only xorg and wmaker installed on top
>        * What was the outcome of this action?
> resulted error states Could not execute command: exec /usr/local/GNUStep/Applications/WPrefs.app/Wprefs
>     * What outcome did you expect instead?
> It should've opened the exact same window as the top-right icon in dock (which states its path as /usr/bin/WPrefs)

Thanks for your report!

This is because the default menu file (/usr/share/WindowMaker/menu) 
hardcodes the location of WPrefs, which is definitely a bug.  I'll take 
a look at it and send a patch upstream in the near future.

Note that if the menu package (in wmaker's "Suggests") is installed, 
then the menu put together specifically for the Debian Window Maker 
package should appear.  It does correctly open WPrefs.


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