SUMMARY: Strange X11 behaviour

From: Peter Watkins (
Date: Wed May 27 1998 - 07:34:36 CDT

Yet again the list comes through with flying colours.

My original question was;
>For some time we have been observing a niggling problem which,
>although not critical, is causing my users difficulties. I have
>tried to solve it myself but without success. No references to
>a similar problem have been found in the archive so it is time
>to ask this list.
>The situation: we have a third party application, written in C
>with an X11 (Motif) interface that runs on two of our SUNs. One
>of the SUNs is a SPARC 10 with Solaris 2.4 and the other is an
>UltraSPARC clone running Solaris 2.5.1. The executables on both
>machines are identical and both executables run correctly EXCEPT
>for one "feature".
>During the execution of the code the user is presented with a
>list of possible input files. On the Sparc10/Sol2.4 this works
>fine - the list of files is given with a filter applied to
>exclude the leading components of the absolute file names.
>However on the UltraSPARC/Sol2.5.1 machine the filter does not
>seem to be applied - all file names are fully qualified! This
>makes choosing a particular file a guessing game.
>We do not have access to the source code of the application and
>cannot ask for replacement binaries. Clearly there is a difference
>somewhere in the X libraries between 2.4 and 2.5.1. I have checked
>the resources files but they are identical and "truss" gives no
>real indication of any significant differences.
>Could anyone point me in the right direction to solve this most
>irritating problem.

The problem was a broken Motif library /usr/dt/lib/ as
identified exactly by Al Hopper. Solution was to apply the latest
patch which solved the problem immediately.

Patch Ids:

   103186-28.tar.gz - for Solaris 2.5
   103461-18.tar.gz - for Solaris 2.5.1

available from anonymous ftp on

Thanks to:

Al Hopper <>
Shriman Gurung <>

Dr Peter Watkins.
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