Re: GoogleEarth segfault [SOLVED]

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On Tue, 2010-03-02 at 15:45 -0800, Don Quixote de la Mancha wrote: 
> On Tue, Mar 2, 2010 at 3:17 PM, Matthew Saltzman <[email protected]> wrote:
> > It all came down to missing i686 libs:
> >
> > http://bigjim-network.be/2009/06/24/google-earth-on-fedora-11-64-bit/
> 
> If those libraries were linked the normal way, by having ld.so set
> them up when Google Earth launched, the missing libraries would have
> prevented it from launching at all.  You wouldn't have gotten any kind
> of crash, it just wouldn't execute.
> 
> My guess is that the missing libraries are normally loaded "manually,"
> that is, with some of Google Earth's own code calling the dynamic
> library manipulation functions and setting up the link itself.  That's
> usually done to enable one to choose one of several alternative
> libraries, or to add extra features that don't come built in.  Native
> web browser plugins are handled that way too.
> 
> If that were the case, quite likely the reason that you got the
> segfault is that that manual link failed completely because the
> libraries were not to be found, but with the client code that expected
> those libraries to be linked failing to check if the library load was
> successful.
> 
> If my theory is correct, then Google needs a bug report.  I don't have
> a clue how you'd file one.  But then, as they say, WHAT NOW is your
> friend?

I'll see if I can find anything at earth.google.com.  There's a help
page, but I don't know if there's a bug tracker.

Thanks for the explanation.

> 
> Don Quixote

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                Matthew Saltzman

Clemson University Math Sciences
mjs AT clemson DOT edu
http://www.math.clemson.edu/~mjs
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