Monthly Archives: November 2009

IE, X, and You

While trying to get IEs4Linux installed (Why not call it ie4linux instead?), I ran into some issues with the latest Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala.

The program ‘’ received an X Window System error.
This probably reflects a bug in the program.
The error was ‘RenderBadPicture (invalid Picture parameter)’.
(Details: serial 5546 error_code 158 request_code 148 minor_code 7)
(Note to programmers: normally, X errors are reported asynchronously;
that is, you will receive the error a while after causing it.
To debug your program, run it with the –sync command line
option to change this behavior. You can then get a meaningful
backtrace from your debugger if you break on the gdk_x_error() function.)

To solve this, I just told IEs4Linux to not use a GUI by using this command instead: ./ies4linux –no-gui.

A side effect is you lose the GUI to configure the install so you’ll have to use other flags if you want to deviate from the default install. To see the other options available use –help and –full-help.