Texstudio and Texmaker crash on closing & refresh of internal pdf viewer on Debian Buster

Affected versions:

  • texstudio 2.11.2+debian-1 and 2.12.6+debian-2 (and probably any other version)
  • libsynctex1 2017.20170613.44572-8+b1

Affected OS: Debian Buster, 4.14.0-3-amd64 #1 SMP Debian 4.14.13-1 (2018-01-14) x86_64 GNU/Linux

How to reproduce: On closing the internal pdf viewer, be it manually by the user or be it by recompiling the document, the internal PDF-Viewer crashes.

Cause: This is caused by the synctex-package. But this problem cannot be solved by turning synctex of by changing the command to -synctex=0.

Solution: It can be resolved by doing a downgrade:

aptitude -t stable install libsynctex1

which will install the version 2016.20160513.41080.dfsg-2 You might have some struggle to resolve downgrade conflicts.

Note: Since nobody has really reported this particular bug and because of laziness, I put this little guidance here to maybe help somebody who is desperately searching for help.

Source of title image: TexStudio Twitter

2 thoughts on “Texstudio and Texmaker crash on closing & refresh of internal pdf viewer on Debian Buster

  1. Hello

    Thank you for the info, since I updated my TesStudio it always crashed when opening a PDF in the internal viewer or when compiling.
    I would like to ask you, how can I downgrade the syntax on Max Os El Capitan?
    Thanks a lot in advance.


    • Hi,

      I have no idea about Mac OS X. I These are the files that are installed by libsynctex1
      $ dpkg-query -L libsynctex1

      Quick and dirty way: locate the files above and replace them with the files from the stable debian package https://packages.debian.org/stable/libsynctex1

      OS X and Debian Linux are both GNU-systems but I have no idea if the compatibilty is sufficient to make it work.

      Otherwise try to download an older version of the texstudio package for OS X and (if it brings along libsynctex with itself) extract and copy these files where they belong. That way you oculd have a current Texstudio installation with only an older libsynctex


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