Unable to start Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup

Installing the RPM “crawl-sdl-0.9.1-1.2.x86_64.rpm” goes fine, either from the repositories, or by download/run. Either way, when starting the game, its window appears immediately, and about a second later up pops an image of a gnome (elf?, goblin?) and a large, steaming, blue-green pot (plus other details). The window simply closes right after the image appears.

(I’m running a screen resolution of 1920 x 1200, but I can’t believe this can be the cause)

Does anyone have any experience with this problem?

Can anyone tell me how to gather information on the crash?

All help gratefully received …

What helps is starting the game from a terminal window. Open one, type


and you’ll see

DB directory "/var/games/crawl/saves/db/" does not exist and I can't create it.

This is because you run the program as a normal user, which has no permission to create a folder ‘db’ in /var/games/crawl/saves/. Let’s find out:

ls -ld /var/games/crawl/saves

This returns:

drwxrwxr-x 6 games games 4096 Sep 19 23:55 saves

which means, that the “saves” folder is writable only to user games and …the group games. We’re there: you need to make yourself a member of the “games” group.
Start Yast - User and Group management and make yourself a member of the “games” group. After doing so on my laptop, I now get:

See you soon, knurpht!

after exiting the game. No other messages.

Moral of the whole story: if an app or a game does not work, start it from a terminal window. That will tell you what to do or look for.

Thanks knurpht! 100% OK now, and a good tip for the future …