X11 GUI applications fail to launch or have strange characters.

Solution Unverified - Updated -

Issue

  • unable to run virt-manager
  • X11 GUI applications fail to launch or have strange characters.
  • The application system-config-authentication fails with the message
    # system-config-authentication  
    Traceback (most recent call last): 
      File "/usr/sbin/system-config-authentication", line 59, in ? 
        import gtk, gtk.glade 
      File "/usr/lib64/python2.4/site-packages/gtk-2.0/gtk/__init__.py", line 48, in ? 
        from gtk import _gtk 
    ImportError: /usr/lib64/python2.4/site-packages/gtk-2.0/gtk/_gtk.so: undefined symbol: gtk_recent_info_unref
    

Environment

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5
  • Cusomom gtk, and pango installation

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