xboard: Failed to start first chess program gnuchessx on localhost: gnuchessx

Bug #210937 reported by brownknight on 2008-04-02
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xboard (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: xboard

xboard spews this error when started:

xboard: Error writing to first chess program: Broken pipe
xboard: Failed to start first chess program gnuchessx on localhost: gnuchessx: No such file or directory

Additional info if of any help: I am running Ubuntu Hardy Heron Beta x86, intel945 videocard

Cesare Tirabassi (norsetto) wrote :


xboard -fcp gnuchess

if you have gnuchess installed. Should also work with crafty and phalanx.

Changed in xboard:
status: New → Invalid

The default method of xboard installation adds an system menu item in "Application -> Games", but when I try to select "xboard" from the menu, I have got the same quite disturbing and misleading message. Which makes Application -> Games ->XBoard totalyl useless -- it does not anything except displaying error message.

This can be fixed by any of the following :

1. checking if "gnuchess" is installed and adding "-ncp" parameter to the command line if not.
2. requiring "gnuchess" installation along with the xboard installation
3. removing "Applications -> Games -> XBoard" menu item, so people can have fun with the command line parameters

Changed in xboard (Ubuntu):
status: Invalid → New
Vincent Legout (vlegout) wrote :

This should be fixed with the latest version of xboard.

The default chess engine for xboard, fairymax, is now in Recommends and should be installed with xboard.

I am closing this bug.

Changed in xboard (Ubuntu):
status: New → Fix Released
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