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I was trying to use the latest Pencil (version 2.0.3) in Ubuntu 12.04, but the PNG exporting does not work, with Pencil working both inside and outside Firefox (which is 19.0.2).

The export page as PNG dialog asks for where to put the file but fails silently after that, and the export document using any HTML template gets you this dialog stalled forever:

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How can I fix it?

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To whoever voted to close this: do you care to comment? I really fail to see why this question is inappropriate here. –  elias Mar 21 '13 at 16:19
While I am not the person who voted, that vote is an off-topic vote. That usually means they think this is a bug. –  Seth Mar 24 '13 at 3:18
@Seth oh, I see... Thanks! Well, I understand that bug reports aren't really appropriated here, but this is not really a report: it's an explanation on how to apply a workaround. I fail to see why this is inappropriated. –  elias Mar 24 '13 at 16:32
Yes I see that. Looks good to me. The vote should eventually expire anyway. –  Seth Mar 24 '13 at 17:05

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This is a bug filed several times, and a workaround is available at: http://code.google.com/p/evoluspencil/issues/detail?id=170

The workaround is to use plain xulrunner to run Pencil instead of Firefox, then the problem disappears. You can download xulrunner from here, extract it somewhere and use it to run Pencil like this:

xulrunner --app /usr/share/pencil/application.ini --no-remote

The --no-remote is for xulrunner not to try to reuse an existing Firefox instance running. You may need to change the path to pencil's application.ini, depending how you have it installed.

If you have installed Pencil with the official .deb provided by Evolus here, you can follow these quick steps:

  1. Open a terminal and turn into root:

    sudo -i

  2. Then, download xulrunner (17Mb) and extract into /opt:

    wget -O - http://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.org/xulrunner/releases/16.0.2/runtimes/xulrunner-16.0.2.en-US.linux-x86_64.tar.bz2 | tar xjf - -C /opt

  3. Change the Pencil executable script to run with xulrunner instead of Firefox:

    sed -i '/application.ini/ { s|^/usr/bin/firefox|/opt/xulrunner/xulrunner|; s/$/ --no-remote/; }' /usr/bin/pencil

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tnx work fine (Ubuntu 13.04 x64) –  JoZ3 Jul 11 '13 at 23:16

I ran into the same issue. If you don't mind going down one minor version to 2.0.2 it's packaged with xulrunner as part of the deb, which will resolve this particular issue.



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nice to know, thanks! :) –  elias May 11 '13 at 17:27

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