[Bug 326648] [NEW] [Kubuntu 9.04] gtk-qt-engine not working

Mark Greenwood fatgerman at ntlworld.com
Sat Feb 7 19:17:53 UTC 2009

Public bug reported:

Binary package hint: gtk-qt-engine

I know this may be regarded as a duplicate.. but please read it

Kubuntu Jaunty Alpha 4

It's known that gtk-qt-engine doesn't work unless libbonoboui2.0 is
installed. But gtk-qt-engine doesn't have that as a dependency because
nobody wants to include loads of gtk libraries on the CD. This is

There are a bunch of bugs logged against this problem. They have all
been rejected with the reasoning that any gtk app will pull in libbonobo
as a dependency, so it'll be OK. But I have to report that this is not
the case. No gtk app I've installed today (eg Firefox as the highest-
profile example) pulls in libbonobo and therefore the gtk-qt engine
doesn't work.

(Firefox only pulls in libbonobo if you also install the ubuntu firefox
extras - and that pulls in a heap of other stuff like synaptic which
really isn't needed so most people don't do it).

It was only after an hour of Googling that I found out why it wasn't

I really think that the dependency of gtk-qt-engine on libbonoboui
should be reinstated, and the gtk-qt-engine should not be installed by
default. This is the approach taken by other distros. At the moment you
have something installed that doesn't work and that will never work
without installing some random library. Neither approach is ideal but
it's better to not install it than it is to install it and have it not

** Affects: gtk-qt-engine (Ubuntu)
     Importance: Undecided
         Status: New

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