chromedriver doesn't start without setting LD_LIBRARY_PATH

Bug #1719300 reported by Grégoire on 2017-09-25
This bug affects 5 people
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chromium-browser (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

chromium-browser won't start unless I set LD_LIBRARY_PATH=/usr/lib/chromium-browser.

I think this is a recent change that and the problem is which is installed in /usr/lib/chromium-browser.
Before, I could also launch chromium with /usr/lib/chromium-browser/chromium-browser but now I get the following error message:
/usr/lib/chromium-browser/chromium-browser: error while loading shared libraries: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

The chromium-browser package installs a chromium-browser script in /usr/bin that sets LD_LIBRARY_PATH

Grégoire (gregoire-zjyto) wrote :

I believe the problem appeared when upgrading from chromium-browser 60 to 61

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in chromium-browser (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Jason Owen (jason-a-owen) wrote :

I upgraded this morning, and my Selenium tests broke.

I was able to reproduce this problem with the Python getting started script from (altered to set the path to `/usr/lib/chromium-browser/chromedriver`):

virtualenv -p python3 venv
. venv/bin/activate
pip install selenium

Running `ps aux | grep chrom` in another tab shows `Z+ 15:51 0:00 [chromium-browse] <defunct>`, and eventually the script times out with `selenium.common.exceptions.WebDriverException: Message: unknown error: Chrome failed to start: exited abnormally`.

Setting the LD_LIBRARY_PATH first fixes it: `export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=/usr/lib/chromium-browser`.

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