Pencil Project is being actively developed here. I have firefox installed and I copied the linux package files to their respective folders. When I click application entry in menu it open firefox but no Pencil app. What is the best way to install it?

Update:- After copying the files to the system folders Evolus Pencil 2.0.9 opens a firefox window instead of the software.


I've just tested it and the same problem occurs with me (v2.0.9).

This is probably just a temporary problem. You should create a new issue. So you can best be helped.

Here is a quick hack:

Open the file /usr/bin/pencil in an editor:

sudo nano /usr/bin/pencil

and replace content with the following code:


if [ -x /usr/bin/xulrunner ]; then
    /usr/bin/xulrunner "$APP_INI" "$@"
elif [ -x /usr/bin/iceweasel ]; then
    /usr/bin/iceweasel --app "$APP_INI" --no-remote "$@"
    /usr/bin/firefox --app "$APP_INI" --no-remote "$@"

You can also build it yourself though, if you do not want to install the Firefox extension (Currently the latest version is 2.0.9):

wget https://github.com/prikhi/pencil/archive/v2.0.9.tar.gz
tar -xvf pencil-2.0.9.tar.gz
cd pencil-2.0.9/build
./build.sh linux

Start with:

xulrunner Outputs/Linux/application.ini


firefox --app Outputs/Linux/application.ini --no-remote
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  • Thanks @A.B. From what I understand when building packages it won't automatically copy everything in respective system folders. – Sudhir Khanger Apr 14 '15 at 7:57
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    Yes, that's correct. – A.B. Apr 14 '15 at 8:06
  • BTW upstream already fixed the issue a few hours ago. Thanks. – Sudhir Khanger Apr 14 '15 at 8:18
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    Yes, I have reportet an error. :) – A.B. Apr 14 '15 at 8:18
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    There are some more errors with v2.0.10 version. I posted up at the github. BTW Firefox version seems to be much easier to use. All I have to do is import the addon. Unless its properly packaged I don't like blatantly copying files to root system. – Sudhir Khanger Apr 14 '15 at 13:31

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