$ sudo apt-get install libffi6 libffi-dev

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The following NEW packages will be installed:
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Get:1 http://in.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ precise/main libffi-dev amd64 3.0.11~rc1-5 [96.1 kB]
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Setting up libffi-dev (3.0.11~rc1-5) ...

and then,

:/opt/wunderlist-1.2.4/Wunderlist-1.2.4$ sudo ./Wunderlist   

./Wunderlist: error while loading shared libraries: libffi.so.5: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

More info:

$ cat /etc/issue
Ubuntu 12.04.4 LTS \n \l

What am I supposed to do now?


Wunderlist seems to specifically look for an older version of your libffi, it wants libffi5:

libffi.so.5: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

You're on 12.04 and the package libffi5 (3.0.9-1) is only available in the lucid repos.

You could add the lucid repos to your /etc/apt/sources.lst and manually install the older package from the lucid repos, creating a mixed system from 12.04 and 10.04. I'd consider this a bad idea, because manually adding very old stuff isn't necessarily leading to a stable system.

Or you could ask the programmer of wunderlist to update their dependencies, perhaps it also works with libffi6.

3rd possible solution, mentioned here (German) Just symlink 6 to 5:

ln -s /usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/libffi.so.6 /usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/libffi.so.5
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    Thanks. So, what's the solution now? – Aquarius_Girl Sep 1 '14 at 8:13



to get latest version for your platform (link above is for amd64) and after installation you should get needed library in place

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