I am using Debian Squeeze and I wanted to install Gimp 2.8. I installed a lot of packages dependencies for Gimp but I could not successfully complete the install of the Gimp package

When installing the Gimp dependent packages, I think I broke a necessary package because now I am getting the following error when I try to start thunar, gedit and more.

symbol lookup error: /usr/local/lib/libpangocairo-1.0.so.0: undefined symbol: cairo_has_show_text_glyphs

How can I resolve this error?

2 Answers 2


You've installed a version of libpangocairo-1.0.so.0 in /usr/local/lib that's incompatible with the version in /usr/lib (probably because they're compiled against different versions of the libraries they depend on).

If you are no longer using the Gnome libraries in /usr/local/lib, remove them. If you're using them for applications that you've installed in /usr/local/bin, either recompile those applications against the library versions in Debian, or move the libraries outside the standard library path and use a shell script like this to launch the Gnome applications in /usr/local/bin:

export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=/usr/local/lib/gnome-extra-libraries
exec /usr/local/bin/locally-installed-gnome-application.bin

Move libpangocairo-1.0.so.0 and its companions to /usr/local/lib/gnome-extra-libraries and move /usr/local/bin/locally-installed-gnome-application to /usr/local/bin/locally-installed-gnome-application.bin.

  • I am using xfce4 instead of gnome.I am not sure that I am using gnome libraries.Most of the files in /usr/local/lib related with dependent libraries of gimp. Commented May 28, 2012 at 7:55
  • The problem resolved when remove files in /usr/local/lib :) . Thanks. Commented May 28, 2012 at 7:56

If your version of libpango1.0-0 is causing problems, try to switch back to the correct one for squeeze, if possible.

dlocate libpangocairo-1.0.so.0

libpango1.0-0: /usr/lib/libpangocairo-1.0.so.0.2800.3

apt-cache policy libpango1.0-0

  Installed: 1.28.3-1+squeeze2
  Candidate: 1.28.3-1+squeeze2
  Version table:
     1.30.0-1 0
         50 http://debian.csail.mit.edu/debian/ testing/main i386 Packages
         50 http://debian.csail.mit.edu/debian/ unstable/main i386 Packages
 *** 1.28.3-1+squeeze2 0
        500 http://debian.csail.mit.edu/debian/ squeeze/main i386 Packages
        500 http://security.debian.org/ squeeze/updates/main i386 Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status

What version does apt-cache policy show you for libpango1.0-0?


apt-get install libpango1.0-0/stable

If apt complains about dependencies, try adding them to the command line, as packagename/stable. I don't know if this will work, but it is a reasonable first step.

To backport gimp 2.8 may not be so easy. I suggest you post that as a separate question.

  • dlocate libpangocairo-1.0.so.0 giving two result(libpangocairo-1.0.so.0 and libpangocairo-1.0.so.0.2800.3). libpango version output is http://pastebin.com/iWfXce5P Commented May 26, 2012 at 13:13
  • @mesuutt: Just add the info to your answer. libpangocairo-1.0.so.0 and libpangocairo-1.0.so.0.2800.3 are not packages. Paste the output of dpkg -S libpangocairo-1.0.so.0. It can't correspond to more than one package. You have the squeeze version of libpango1.0-0 installed so that is not itself the problem. Maybe get apt-show-versions to give you a list of installed packages not in stable? You probably don't want to post that - it would be too long. Commented May 26, 2012 at 15:14
  • Hang on, I just realised your error message is /usr/local/lib/libpangocairo-1.0.so.0. Why is it looking in /usr/local? Did you compile and install some package locally? Commented May 26, 2012 at 15:20
  • I dont know why but dlocate and dpkg -S gives same output.dpkg and dlocate command output Commented May 26, 2012 at 15:26
  • I dont know why is it looking in /usr/local, I realize now. What are you mean with compile and install locally ? Commented May 26, 2012 at 15:44

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