Calibre will not startup

Hello, I have installed Calibre to read my epubs, but since today it won’t startup anymore, does anyone have a solution for this?

Thanks in advance, Frank

If you were launching it from an icon, run it from the CLI in a terminal instead so that you can see the error messages. I’ll bet something is missing, a library perhaps.

On Tue, 16 Nov 2010 17:36:02 +0530, frankjeman
<frankjeman@no-mx.forums.opensuse.org> wrote:

> Hello, I have installed Calibre to read my epubs, but since today it
> won’t startup anymore, does anyone have a solution for this?

this happened to you a while ago already, didn’t it, when @kaiserhg wrote

> as root: “zypper install python-qt4” should help.

which seemed to have solved the problem (at that time). i assume you have
python-qt4 still installed, and now calibre doesn’t work.

previously i used to recommend installing calibre from oS repos, since the
download from the original site doesn’t have an uninstall procedure, which
i don’t like. BUT when you posted the question first, and kaiserhg gave
that recommendation, the solution didn’t work for me.

since then i’m using calibre from their original website
(http://calibre-ebook.com/download_linux ), w/o problems. i’ve updated it
twice, just re-running the install script, which overwrites the existing
files. there was no need to uninstall the program yet, but i think it
keeps an install log, which would make it possible to delete all installed
files & links manually.

so that’s my recommendation for now: if calibre doesn’t run from oS repos,
use the original installer from their website.


phani.

On Tue, 16 Nov 2010 18:18:23 +0530, phanisvara <listmail@phanisvara.com>
wrote:

> so that’s my recommendation for now: if calibre doesn’t run from oS
> repos, use the original installer from their website.

it would probably be better to debug the calibre failure in current
openSUSE repos, but the app. seems to be sensitive to certain versions of
qt and other libraries, which for me has led to trouble repeatedly. that’s
why i gave up on the repo version and use the outside installer–too lazy
to debug this every couple of weeks or so.


phani.

This seems to be a version conflict. There is another thread for the same problem: Calibre wil niet starten

On Tue, 16 Nov 2010 18:36:04 +0530, ken yap
<ken_yap@no-mx.forums.opensuse.org> wrote:

> If you were launching it from an icon, run it from the CLI in a terminal
> instead so that you can see the error messages. I’ll bet something is
> missing, a library perhaps.

the last time i tried this (some time ago), some qt progress-bar was too
new on openSUSE; calibre expected an older library, which would have
broken other dependencies. at that point i gave up on it.


phani.

The same happened to me some days ago.
I did what ken_yap says in post #2](http://forums.opensuse.org/english/get-help-here/applications/449901-calibre-will-not-startup.html#post2253111) in this thread. With that information I found a post in another forum which said that problem (I don’t remember now what it was) was corrected in version 0.7.
I found that version here. I installed it and now it works nicely.

On Tue, 16 Nov 2010 20:06:19 +0530, wrbbt
<wrbbt@no-mx.forums.opensuse.org> wrote:

> I found that version ‘here’
> (http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/devel:/tools:/documentation/openSUSE_11.3/).
> I installed it and now it works nicely.

this version, which is newer than in the std. repos, used to work for me,
until a short while ago. but i’m using KDE factory, which has newer qt
libraries. in my present setup (oS 11.3, kernel 2.6.36-93-desktop, KDE
4.5.3 (factory), it does not.

it’s definitely preferable to use calibre from any of the openSUSE repos;
if none of them works, and one still wants to use calibre, installing from
upstream is the easiest solution–not the prefered one. best would be to
find out why it doesn’t work, and complain about it (bug report). but as i
said, i don’t want to spend that time right now.


phani.

I got to install python-cherrypy first and after clicking your link and entering my password, unfortunately there was only a ‘waiting’ bar…

thanks, Frank

ok I managed to install a working version using Calibre’s own website. I used the install file using the command line. only thing I have to do now is add a menu icon, but the version is finally working!

On Wed, 17 Nov 2010 00:36:03 +0530, frankjeman
<frankjeman@no-mx.forums.opensuse.org> wrote:

> I got to install python-cherrypy first and after clicking your link and
> entering my password, unfortunately there was only a ‘waiting’ bar…

some type of network trouble i suspect. can you reach the server by other
means, “ping calibre-ebook.com”, per example?


phani.

Hi phani,

It appears that I am not the only one having troubles with Calibre. The best thing to do, at least it worked for me, is to install it on calibres own website, using the commandline in the terminal.

greetings, Frank

On Wed, 17 Nov 2010 11:06:02 +0530, frankjeman
<frankjeman@no-mx.forums.opensuse.org> wrote:

> It appears that I am not the only one having troubles with Calibre. The
> best thing to do, at least it worked for me, is to install it on
> calibres own website, using the commandline in the terminal.

that’s what i did, too. some time ago iread a discussion on the author’s
website, where users complained that there wasn’t an uninstall script. the
author was very determined that this wasn’t his job, but the distro
packagers’, and if people wanted to uninstall calibre, they should use the
install log. unfortunately i can’t find such a log. if or when i do want
to get rid of this version of calibre, i’m afraid i’ll have to look at the
install script itself, checking what it copied where…


phani.

On Wed, 17 Nov 2010 11:06:02 +0530, frankjeman
<frankjeman@no-mx.forums.opensuse.org> wrote:

> It appears that I am not the only one having troubles with Calibre. The
> best thing to do, at least it worked for me, is to install it on
> calibres own website, using the commandline in the terminal.

BTW, just now i installed openSUSE factory (11.4), and before starting to
mess around with non-standard repos, i installed calibre from the
devel/tools/documentation repo–and it works fine. i assume that, on my oS
11.3 install, i somehow got newer libraries than calibre expects, by
adding various repos that i need to run other things.


phani.

That repo (for 11.3 in my case) is the one I used (see post #7 in this thread). It works fine, and it seems simpler than installing from the calibre website.

I completely agree with frankjeman. But I am
interested in why somebody responsible dont repair this repository package or remove it from repository. Petr

Of course I installed calibre from calibre website.

I found another alternative to Calibre, firefox! it seems that it has a add-on to read epubs;)

grtz, Frank

On Mon, 22 Nov 2010 07:36:01 +0530, frankjeman
<frankjeman@no-mx.forums.opensuse.org> wrote:

> I found another alternative to Calibre, firefox! it seems that it has a
> add-on to read epubs;)

just to read epub files, there’s also FBReader in the education repo.
especially if you read a lot, it’s much more convenient than FF & plugin,
and i like it’s interface better than calibre. i use calibre mostly to
convert other formats into epub; calibre understands MS .lit files, per
example.


phani.

On 2010-11-18 11:36, petrherynk wrote:
>
> I completely agree with frankjeman. But I am
> interested in why somebody responsible dont repair this repository
> package or remove it from repository. Petr

Have you written a Bugzilla about it?


Cheers / Saludos,

Carlos E. R.
(from 11.2 x86_64 “Emerald” at Telcontar)