error running electron in tails

October 11, 2017 at 10:43 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

I am experimenting with electron to write some quick and dirty cross-platform apps (I am not a fan of this architecture, but I’ll save that for another blog post) . So I tried to run my electron client on tails, and it gave me this error:

Linux: ./electron: error while loading shared libraries: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory.

Hmmm. I looked into it further and it seems that libgconf is a needed
dependency on chrome these days. Upgrading from Tails 3.0 to 3.2 somehow
broke this dependency. The library is “there”, but electron is somehow
not seeing it.

Solution: create a symlink to
to my electron directory. Apparently, the electron binary looks for
shared libraries starting in it’s home directory. So if you symlink to the electron base directory, it will “find” it.

The tails maillist doesn’t seem to be active anymore and there is no
good support for tails, so I thought I would post this up there just in
case some poor guy runs into the same problem I ran into.


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