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I downloaded Tor Browser Bundle for 64-Bit Linux. Whenever I start to run it on my Ubuntu 12.04 OS it gives me the above error. Please help.

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closed as off topic by Jjed, Tom Brossman, hexafraction, RolandiXor, hbdgaf Sep 22 '12 at 0:09

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Are you using the most recent version of the bundle? Can you run from the terminal ./start-tor-browser to see if you get any further error messages? – user76204 Sep 17 '12 at 14:50
This question should instead be filed as a bug report, and as such is off-topic, thanks! Open a support ticket/bug report at the tor site. – Jjed Sep 21 '12 at 21:47

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At the bugtracking service at the torproject site there are several support tickets that make reference to an error regarding Vidalia exited abnormally Exit code.... that apply to Linux systems such as this one regarding Ubuntu and this one regarding another Linux distro.

The issue often seems to centre around the qt libraries that tor uses, but most of the qt fixes such as adding to the start-tor-browser script

./App/vidalia --datadir Data/Vidalia/ -style Cleanlooks

have already been implemented in the new version ( So make sure you are running the latest version- it is particularly important with tor to update and make sure you run the latest version all the time.

It has been suggested in this support ticket that it may be possible to avoid exactly the error that you mention and run tor successfully in debug mode in by opening a terminal in your tor folder and running

./start-tor-browser --debug

However, in debug mode the program may log to disk more than you want it to, so that may be a concern, although you could erase that information.

I have succesfully ran the most recent version of the browser bundle, which is (at 17 September 2012) without getting Vidalia errors on the 32 bit version, so that may suggest this 64 bit version has problems. You could try the 32 bit version, as it should work on 64 bit, but it is usually recommended to run the 64 bit version on a 64 bit system. Running the 32 bit version, however, could be a last resort if none of my other suggestions work.

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