Article and discussions about Smart

FedoraNEWS has a nice article about Smart, posted by Xanax.

FedoraForum also has a thread about it, as Ian MacGregor notified me.

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6 Responses to Article and discussions about Smart

  1. Anonymous says:

    stumbled upon smart 3 days ago and now use it on Fedora Core 2&3. The GUI is sweet and the program ROCKS! I thought yum was good but this is a whole world better. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!

    Note to FC2 users: I found a 2.4 version of pygtk2, pygtk2-devel, and pygtk2-libglade at


  2. Ken says:

    Okay, the honeymoon is over. I still like smart but it has some major issues. A FC3 x86_64 machine I used it on it wouldn’t boot after I upgraded and installed about 20 things. I was able to use yum to install some x86_64 libg* libraries that smart had left only i386 versions of, but I finally gave up and reinstalled FC3.
    Once I was done installing a full 4 disc FC3 I thought I’d try and only use smart after I installed the DAG rpms for it (not mix yum and apt).
    I ran the smart gui and used it to install/upgrade a bunch of KDE related stuff and then rebooted for a sanity check. I was careful to read the information that smart gave me to make sure that I was not removing something.
    Bad news. Once the machine rebooted I was not able to use the smart gui anymore!

    [root@calvin ~]$ smart –gui
    error: Interface ‘gtk’ not available

    (… giant report cut …)

    sorry for the long post, I’m trying give enough information to point out a possible problem with smart so that it could be corrected if needed and smart could continue on its path to becoming the default linux package manager…

  3. Hello Ken,

    The “error: Interface ‘gtk’ not available” message means that importing the gtk plugin failed, and this could happen for several reasons which are outside of Smart scope. If you’re technically oriented, you can get a better description of why this is happening by using –log-level=debug.

    If you want further help, please send a mail to the mailing list, or open a ticket in the issue system. This is not the place to get support about Smart or anything else.


  4. Try to install smart-gui package, which is the Smart GTK user interface.

  5. Anonymous says:

    A very short, useful and definitive answer. That takes no more time that the above annoying recommendation. Thanks :)

  6. Anonymous says:

    Thanks. I googled the same problem and appreciate finding your simple solution.

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