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Bug in CrossOver 6.2.1 - causes instant segfault - tracked to MS Intellitype software

I downloaded the trial version of CxMac, and it refused blankly to run, coming up with the application quit unexpectedly dialog box. This is on OS X 10.5.3.

Running in a shell revealed this:


richard-aspdens-macpro31:Applications rick$ CrossOver.app/Contents/MacOS/CrossOver 
2008-06-06 21:44:36.262 CrossOver[4365:10b] Setting DYLD_FALLBACK_LIBRARY_PATH=/Applications/CrossOver.app/Contents/SharedSupport/X11/lib:/Users/rick/lib:/usr/local/lib:/lib:/usr/lib
2008-06-06 21:44:39.106 CrossOver[4365:10b] 
6.2.1

Release Date: 18 December 2003
X Protocol Version 11, Revision 0, Release 6.8.2
Build Operating System: Mac OS X Apple Computer, Inc.
Current Operating System: Darwin richard-aspdens-macpro31.local 9.3.0 Darwin Kernel Version 9.3.0: Fri May 23 00:49:16 PDT 2008; root:xnu-1228.5.18~1/RELEASE_I386 i386
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Could not find keymapping file USA.keymapping.
Reading keymap from the system.
_XSERVTransmkdir: Owner of /tmp/.CrossOver should be set to root
Loading GLX bundle glxCGL.bundle (using Apple's OpenGL)
Display mode: Rootless Quartz -- Xplugin implementation
PseudoramiX screen 0 added: 1920x1179 @ (0,21).
PseudoramiX screen 0 placed at X11 coordinate (0,0).
[DRI] screen 0 installation complete
Screen 0 added: 1920x1179 @ (0,21)
Screen 0 placed at X11 coordinate (0,0).
Keyboard is TISInputSource, but has no Unicode key layout data
Segmentation fault

I traced this back to my keyboard layout. I have a Microsoft Comfort Curve 2000 PC keyboard plugged in, which comes with it's own British English keyboard layout in the Microsoft Intellitype for Mac OS X. Selecting the Apple version of British English allowed CxMac to run perfectly well, albeit with my @ and " swapped, amongst other things.

I'd have put this through the support system or bug tracker, but the former isn't available to me as I haven't bought it yet, and the latter is closed for bug reports.

This shouldn't be a particularly hard one to reproduce - the software with the layouts is available at http://www.microsoft.com/hardware/ , and the drivers are a free download.

  • Rick

This issue should be cleared up when Crossover Office 7 for Mac comes out. There's also a nice app I use called ControllerMate (www.orderedbytes.com/controllermate/) which allows you to customize pretty much everything on your keyboard and mouse.

I've found the solution to this particular bug - it relates to the X server itself, rather than CxMac in particular - I ended up swapping to a Darwine image, and running from there, and got a little further.

Turns out the issue is actually with Xquartz, namely this little bug - http://xquartz.macosforge.org/trac/ticket/138

X doesn't like non-standard .rsrc style keyboard layouts. I converted my custom layouts to XML versions, and they now work 100% perfectly, where before the X server would just die on launch (I also upgraded to the latest Xquartz.) The newest version of Xquartz actually works around this bug, so that would fix it in the meantime. This also fixes your crash-on-launch issue, which is actually being caused by the X server dying before it gets launched properly.

The latest version of Xquartz, 2.3.1 beta 1, contains the workaround. Link is off the above trac ticket.

Hope that helps you and your users!

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