I'm trying to launch RSSOwl ( Version: 2.2.1 / Build Id: 2013-12-30 ) on my Ubuntu ( 64 Bit ). Twice, I'm download latest RSSOwl from here http://www.rssowl.org/download

There is such error:

RSSOwl was unable to create a browser for reading news. 
Please refer to the FAQ for further help.

Click 'Ok' to open the FAQ now.

According to FAQ: http://www.rssowl.org/help#item_6j

Download XULRunner 1.9 Runtime
Extract it to any directory that RSSOwl can read
Add a new startup property to rssowl named 
    -Dorg.eclipse.swt.browser.XULRunnerPath=[XULRunner Runtime Directory]
Start RSSOwl and it will pick up the browser from the provided location

I can't understand this point: Start RSSOwl and it will pick up the browser from the provided location

I've extract tgz of XULRunner to /usr/src:

Now, I'm launch RSSOwl in next manner:

./RSSOwl -Dorg.eclipse.swt.browser.XULRunnerPath=/usr/src/xulrunner/xulrunner/

And nothing works...

I'm also trying to select browser directly /usr/lib/firefox/firefox in the settings ( Edit -> Preferences ), too wrong.

Use the embedded browser - too wrong. The same error.


I found solution here:

For my installation it looks like:

sudo ln -fs /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libhunspell-1.3.so.0 \
  • Ubuntu18: sudo ln -fs /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libhunspell-1.6.so.0.0.1 /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libhunspell-1.2.so.0. Basically one has to find the latest libhunspell on the system and create a symlink that refers to libhunspell-1.2.so.0. Ensure that the symlink really exists.
    – 030
    Dec 8 '19 at 11:16

I found a more profound/prescribed - but in core of course the same - manual to his problem here: http://whilesurfing.blogspot.de/2012/06/make-rssowl-work-with-mint-13-maya.html

Sadly, the author of RSSOwl himself did not come up yet with a new patched version to get rid for good of this hassle. Even long time users changed to other, less functional software, because of it. It's really a shame.


Ubuntu 16

(Maybe works for other versions)

  1. Create link

    sudo ln -fs /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libhunspell-1.3.so.0 /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libhunspell-1.2.so.0
  2. Restart RSSOwl

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