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bug#30093: Installing python-ipython breaks Gnome on Fedora.

From: Chris Marusich
Subject: bug#30093: Installing python-ipython breaks Gnome on Fedora.
Date: Sat, 13 Jan 2018 16:36:12 -0800
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/25.3 (gnu/linux)

Fis Trivial <address@hidden> writes:

> I tried to find out which environment variable is responsible for breaking
> the gnome shell by disabling them in ~/.guix-profile/etc/profile one at a 
> time.
> It turns out to be the *GI_TYPELIB_PATH*. After commenting it out in the 
> profile
> file my system works as usual.
> But then, this variable is not exported by installing ipython(otherwise it 
> will
> let me know in the prompt after installation right?), so my guess would be
> installing ipython brings in typelib of Gtk, then gnome used the wrong 
> .typelib
> file and crashed.

This sounds similar to the following bug:


It has been known for a while that certain environment variables might
cause problems like this if they are not configured "correctly" on a
foreign distribution.  What is "correct" depends on the distro, it

For more discussion about this kind of issue in general, you might be
interested in the following threads:


By the way, I found those threads by searching for the bug number 26202
on the email list archives:


The examples above were specific to Ubuntu and Trisquel (an Ubuntu
derivative), I think.  Perhaps you have discovered a new example of this
kind of problem on Fedora.  I wonder what Fedora is doing with
GI_TYPELIB_PATH that causes this problem to occur for you?


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