[GRASS-dev] Error in GRASS GUI startup

Huidae Cho grass4u at gmail.com
Fri Dec 20 23:24:49 PST 2019

Hello Kiersten,

First, we need to know which OS you are using. Are you on MS Windows,
Linux, or Mac? How did you install GRASS if it's Windows? OSGeo4W or
stand-alone (https://grass.osgeo.org/download/software/ms-windows)?


On Fri, Dec 20, 2019 at 6:27 PM Kiersten <kiersten.bergquist at siu.edu> wrote:

> Hello devs,
> I'm very new to GRASS-GIS. Many jobs in my field want some level of
> familiarity with GIS so, I wanted to get ahead and try seeing if I can
> learn
> a free version of GIS on my own (since I know that non-GRASS GIS systems
> can
> be costly).
> I followed along the step-by-step tutorial and had GRASS 7.8 installed.
> Everything was fine until I downloaded the NC dataset (using the "location
> wizard"). I tried to then start a GRASS session with that data, and all of
> a
> sudden the program closed out. I tried to re-open GRASS, when I was hit
> with
> the following message:
> ERROR: Error in GUI startup. See messages above (if any) and if necessary,
> please report this error to the GRASS developers.
> On systems with package manager, make sure you have the right GUI package,
> probably named grass-gui, installed.
> To run GRASS GIS in text mode use the --text flag.
> Use '--help' for further options
>      grass78 --help
> See also: https://grass.osgeo.org/grass78/manuals/helptext.html
> I tried and tried to download the GUI package, but the websites led me in
> circles and nothing was working. I tried the sites recommended, I tried
> downloading aptitude in case I was doing anything wrong, but nothing. I'm
> pulling my hair out!
> I'm really not sure what to do. Technology is not my strong point (heck,
> even running R or SAS for classes is still a struggle for me), so I figured
> I would turn to asking real people for help, since the websites haven't
> been
> much help for me. Please let me know if I should ask this on a different
> part of the forum.
> I would really appreciate some help. I've found with computer stuff, there
> is no such thing as over-explaining it to me! Thank you very much in
> advance.
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Huidae Cho, Ph.D., GISP, PE (MD), CFM, M.ASCE
Open Source GIS Developer, GRASS GIS Development Team
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