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Have magical fun in the addicting Card game, Faerie Solitaire! Find and raise a Faerie pet and repopulate the magical land of Avalon using the resources found by clearing each level. Earn enough gold to purchase unique powerups and specialized upgrades, making each stage a breeze.

Faerie Solitaire Released on Desura


Faerie Solitaire Released on Desura

Find and raise a Faerie pet and repopulate the magical land of Avalon using the resources found.

Jun 14, 2012 News
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ckrucke Aug 15 2012, 8:59pm said:

Oops, this was supposed to be a reply. Please disregard.

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charrety Aug 1 2012, 4:01am said:

Linux version don't work with ubuntu 12.04 and linux mint 13 :(

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ckrucke Aug 12 2012, 5:35pm replied:

(...continuation of previous comment) Figuring I couldn't destroy things too badly I decided I would try copying the newer one to the Faerie folder, so (as root) I did, renamed the original one, and then (after changing the permissions to match the original) I renamed it without the last .0.16 and tried to run the game again. Progress!

carl@DuoboxMint13 ~/Downloads/Desura/desura/common/faerie-solitaire $ ./FaerieSolitaireStarting up player...
Error loading cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory
(mmfparser took 1.95084404945)
(unknown chunk 8775)

Sorry about the overly long typed-as-I-went post. Any suggestions at this stage? Thanks!

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Ishusteedus Aug 13 2012, 6:26pm replied:

Okay, I just tried it myself from the command line and this was the output:

Starting up player...
Error loading cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory
Error loading cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory
(mmfparser took 10.1572680473)
(unknown chunk 8775)
AL lib: pulseaudio.c:485: Context did not connect: Connection refused

It still ran exactly as it should. I should explain that last line: I removed pulseaudio for numerous reasons. Doesn't matter. I still had sound, so it tries it if it's there and then just sends to the audio device otherwise. This is what it should do, so no problem.

Have you tried simply running it from Desura now that you've made those changes? How long do you wait once you see the output you described before giving up?

And I don't mind long posts. People who don't like reading should watch TV. The internet is not good for avoiding reading.

*edit: The mention of pulseaudio was in no way meant to advise removing pulseaudio. I seriously doubt that this is the problem.

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ckrucke Aug 14 2012, 4:05am replied:

Hmmmm, well I guess the good news is I'm getting practice debugging and fixing issues with missing libraries. The not so good news is, they were probably not the problem. Argh.

Using a similar technique I have managed to get rid of the libdumb error also, so now when I run it all I see id the Starting player, and about 5 seconds later, the mmfparser and chunk 8775 lines, and then the command prompt returns. If I have the System Monitor running, I can see it go to 100% CPU usage for about 3 seconds, and also the RAM usage starts to increase, but after the few seconds both drop back to idle state. A process called "runtime" is the only one that shows up on that list, and it disappears after the 3 or 5 seconds too. Symptoms are identical run from the command prompt or from with in Desura.

I am using two monitors, I wonder if that could be the issue. It's way too late for me to try that now, maybe tomorrow... Thanks for your help so far!

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Ishusteedus Aug 14 2012, 12:45pm replied:

I also have dual monitors, using nVidia's TwinView. The only issue with that is that trying to make it fullscreen does funky stuff to it unless I change to a metamode where one monitor is off. So I play in windowed mode. Beyond that, though, no issues. Not saying it's not worth considering, just that in my case it's okay.

There seems to be an error log in the "FaerieSolitaire data" directory called "anaconda.log". Does that suggest anything to you?

This might sound a bit random, but if you know how, look through .settings (the period at the beginning is important) within the main desura directory with `ls -l` and make sure the ownership/permissions look right. Don't do anything else to the files. I've never had this problem with Desura, but if I'm having trouble figuring out why something's not running, it's just habit for me to look at permissions to see if I or some errant program has done something funky to them. I don't think it's likely here, but if you already know what to look for and it wouldn't be a huge pain, it doesn't hurt.

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ckrucke Aug 15 2012, 12:33am replied:

Well, tonight I went 0 for 2. The anaconda.log was just a log of whatever the Terminal generates, so all it had was the same old Starting player...mmfparser...chunk8775.

I checked around in the .settings folders, and every file in there was owned by me, except for one link to a forget) that was owned by root, but it was in a numbered subfolder that was not the one for FaerieSoli. (I looked into Faerie's file and was able to determine which folders it's lib files were expected to be in.) Just for fun, I changed the permissions to own it myself anyway, but to no avail, same exact responses (or lack thereof...) as before.

Grasping at straws, I also tried running it from the Terminal as sudo, but nothing new that way either. Earlier I had used the Desura app to "Verify Files" for the game, and that apparently worked, because it replaced my hacked with the original one again, leading to the same can't find version error I had prior to the hack.

I'm just about frustrated by now. How about you? As usual, thanks again for your time and assistance, I'm learning all kinds of new things, even if this problem is still unsolved!

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Ishusteedus Aug 15 2012, 3:10am replied:

I'm a stubborn SOB. Not ready to give up quite yet.

I looked again at what you had written before about libstdc++. At the time, I hadn't yet looked and saw that I get the same output as you but for that and it didn't really hit me. It looks like the game is trying to use JACK audio. So you obviously have JACK installed. I don't know if you have it running or not.

Do you have pulseaudio installed? If so, try running the game with the command:

padsp FaerieSolitaire

If you do not have pulseaudio installed or don't have it running, try:

aoss FaerieSolitaire

That second one emulates the old Open Sound System which has long since been deprecated, but I'm hoping (and this is really just a guess) that it'll force the game to try going straight to ALSA's dsp. Mainly, I'm wondering if the attempt to use JACK is what's messing it up. I do have JACK installed, but I only run it when I'm playing or recording music. Anyway, it's a stab in the dark.

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ckrucke Aug 15 2012, 9:00pm replied:

Ladies and Gentlemen, we have a winner! I do have pulse audio, and while padsp FaerieSolitaire gave an error, ( /usr/bin/padsp: 88: exec: FaerieSolitaire: not found ) when I added the full path to Faerie by running:
padsp ~/Downloads/Desura/desura /common/faerie-solitaire/FaerieSolitaire (without the space)
it started up just like it should. Hooray! Success! Your knowledgeable assistance, stubbornness, and patience are greatly appreciated!

Now if I could just ask one more favor... (or favour, as my Minty spell checker suggests) Maybe it's actually two. 1) Why did I not need to put the "./" before padsp ...? and 2) What exactly was I doing with that command, running Faerie from within pulse audio? Or forcing pulse audio to take control of the audio and executing Faerie after that? or...?

Next I guess I just need to mod the little starter file Desura uses and/or make a Launcher and I will be free and easy after that! Thanks very much again for your assistance!

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Ishusteedus Aug 16 2012, 5:07am replied:

You're very welcome. I'm glad we could get it working.

DSP basically means a sound card or device. Before pulseaudio, Linux software that produced sound would send its sound output to ALSA's dsp. ALSA gives them basic device names like dsp0 for the first sound card/device, dsp1 for the second, etc. Whichever one ALSA is told is default is the one the output gets sent to. But most sound devices don't natively handle multiple sound streams at the same time, so without software mixing only one program could hold the dsp at any one time. ALSA does have a primitive software mixer, but it usually wasn't enabled by default on most distributions for latency reasons and most didn't even know it was there. A few noble, but bad attempts at sound servers (like esd and aRTs) were made until the pulseaudio project began. pulseaudio grabs the sound device then allows programs that use it to pipe everything to pulseaudio, which then mixes the signal and sends it to the dsp.

But software that wasn't written to work with pulseaudio won't find it and won't play sound because pulseaudio is holding the dsp. So pulseaudio gives you the nifty utility padsp that takes another program as an argument, and tries to trick that program into seeing pulseaudio *as* the dsp, so it sends sound to it instead of ALSA.

I guess this is the problem with Faerie Solitaire on Linux and it also explains why I didn't have the problem. To be fair, it's not pulseaudio's fault. I don't like pulseaudio and use an old SoundBlaster with a hardware mixer so I don't need it, but it does exactly what it set out to do and makes Linux audio a heck of a lot easier for most users. In this case, it's really the developer who should make sure their Linux port checks for pulseaudio.

By the way, that's why the Windows version works in Wine when the native version does not: current versions of Wine are made to look for pulseaudio and anything running through Wine will send audio to the right place because of it.

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