Xfig Problems

I rely on Xfig for my work. The vector-drawn images are absolutely perfect. Couple this with the ability to export to any known image format in widespread use and you have nearly the perfect graphics software.

When I upgraded to Fedora 9, Xfig instantly gave me troubles. The interface was locking and the most I could do was check/uncheck image layer settings on the right-hand side of the interface. To say the least, this was frustrating.

I was apparently not the only person with these troubles. At Bugzilla Redhat, I came across Bug 436998 which linked problems with Xfig to Xaw3d, but did not clearly outline a fix to this bug.

A following attempt to fix this problem involved upgrading Xfig to a much new version. I issued the command

sudo yum update xfig –enablerepo=rawhide

to enable the Rawhide repositories. This pulled the version of Xfig for Fedora 10. This, however, did not fix the problem.

Today, I came across the link http://www.fedoraforum.org/forum/archive/index.php/t-185065.html. This thread definitely pointed to the fact that the Xaw3d integration with Xfig was causing the problems. A suggestion was that I run xfig-plain. When I attempted this, from commandline, it didn’t run. So I issued

sudo yum remove xfig

and then followed that with the issuance of

sudo yum install xfig-plain

which pulled the xfig-plain package. Xfig works now.

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