Of the frequently reported "known problems", one bug is especially
annoying because it is caused by nothing else but a call to a standard
GDK function. For some reason, this call triggers an assert if
xorg.conf has a "Composite" extension enabled. For details and
pointers, see this bug's comments:
In brief, the trouble is caused by GDK calls from
sp_dash_selector_menu_item_new in widgets/dash-selector.cpp
In Inkscape, this code did not change since Sodipodi times. It may be
that we use the GDK functions in a wrong or deprecated way, or it may
be that GDK itself is broken. This is the only place these functions
are used in the entire codebase, and it's a bit embarassing to crash
because of such trivial thing.
So, are there any GDK/GTK/X Window knowledgeable people in the
audience who could help us fix this?
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