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PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2017 5:59 am    Post subject: gvim not working out of the box Reply with quote

Hello,

I recently installed gVim and am getting this error message:
Code:

username@localhost ~ $ gvim

Warning: Missing charsets in String to FontSet conversion
E665: Cannot start GUI, no valid font found
Press ENTER or type command to continue

E852: The child process failed to start the GUIXIO:  fatal IO error 0 (Success) on X server ":0"
      after 9 requests (9 known processed) with 0 events remaining.

As a result, gVim is not able to run. However, normal Vim works inside the terminal without this problem. Does anyone know what is causing this, and how to fix it?

Sincerely,
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2017 6:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

check emerge -pv gvim and see if you can spot the problem ;)
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2017 12:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

which version of gvim/vim? is it v8? v8 migrated to GTK3 for the ui. GUIXIO would point towards the GIO side of things.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 19, 2017 1:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Doctor wrote:
check emerge -pv gvim and see if you can spot the problem ;)

Here's the code output:
Code:

username@localhost ~ $ emerge -pv gvim

These are the packages that would be merged, in order:

Calculating dependencies... done!
[ebuild   R    ] app-editors/gvim-8.0.0106::gentoo  USE="acl nls session (-aqua) -cscope -debug -gnome -gtk -gtk3 -lua -luajit -motif -neXt -netbeans -perl -python -racket -ruby (-selinux) -tcl" PYTHON_TARGETS="python2_7 python3_4 (-python3_5)" 0 KiB

Total: 1 package (1 reinstall), Size of downloads: 0 KiB

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Naib wrote:
which version of gvim/vim? is it v8? v8 migrated to GTK3 for the ui. GUIXIO would point towards the GIO side of things.

I'm using gVim/Vim version 8.

UPDATE:
Apparently the clock settings had some influence. I set the system clock to UTC time, and now gVim starts; but there are still problems. The GUI objects don't look the way they should (absurdly plain looking), the menu tabs require the left mouse button to be held to navigate and released to select; and I am still getting this warning message:
Code:

Warning: Missing charsets in String to FontSet conversion
Warning: Missing charsets in String to FontSet conversion

Honestly, I'm not sure if these are bug specific things with gVim version 8, or some other misconfigured settings.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2017 7:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

WavyLinesAreNotReal wrote:
Honestly, I'm not sure if these are bug specific things with gVim version 8, or some other misconfigured settings.

That's not a bug, that's what Xaw is supposed to look like. You specifically asked for no GTK2, Gtk3 or Motif GUI so you get the lowest common denominator.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 21, 2017 2:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What is this "menu" you speak of? GVim's one true toolkit is Athena. As Ant P. noted, you get Athena by disabling all the other options.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2017 4:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ant P. wrote:
WavyLinesAreNotReal wrote:
Honestly, I'm not sure if these are bug specific things with gVim version 8, or some other misconfigured settings.

That's not a bug, that's what Xaw is supposed to look like. You specifically asked for no GTK2, Gtk3 or Motif GUI so you get the lowest common denominator.


Your right! I didn't realize until now that I was missing a widget toolkit.

Hu wrote:
What is this "menu" you speak of? GVim's one true toolkit is Athena. As Ant P. noted, you get Athena by disabling all the other options.

Yeah, and it's terrible. It even disables the "Select Font" option in gVim.

So one last question, for a KDE/plasma environment, what's the best widget toolkit for gVim?
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2017 4:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Best is subjective. In my opinion, Athena is the best GVim toolkit because it is very minimal. It lets you run Vim as a GUI program, but have all the space efficiency of a console Vim. No space is wasted on menus, toolbars, icons, etc.

You are correct that the font chooser is absent in the Athena GUI. This is unfortunate, but I never miss it.

According to the Vim documentation, a Qt port was attempted, but abandoned before it was finished.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2017 4:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You are probably looking for the gtk/gtk3 gui, but you can always give moltf a try. It isn't like gvim has a long build time. :)
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2017 8:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

WavyLinesAreNotReal wrote:
So one last question, for a KDE/plasma environment, what's the best widget toolkit for gVim?

GTK2. It's well integrated with KDE4/5 and will continue working for probably the next 20 years.
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