Package Details: minecraft-launcher 2.1.17627-1

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Package Base: minecraft-launcher
Description: Official Minecraft Launcher
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Keywords: game minecraft
Licenses: All Rights Reserved
Conflicts: minecraft-launcher-beta
Provides: minecraft-launcher-beta
Submitter: shoghicp
Maintainer: petr (marcio.oliveira)
Last Packager: petr
Votes: 232
Popularity: 11.92
First Submitted: 2017-01-18 14:17
Last Updated: 2020-09-23 08:36

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petr commented on 2018-12-20 09:56

The java version is ... problematic. The current version of the base game will work with any Java version. So will some of the very old game versions that do not use launchwrapper.

Java 8 is required for all legacy versions, and all modded versions of the game (except for some experimental builds of Forge for 1.13). It makes sense to require it, because easily, 99% of the various ways to play the game DO require it. Roughly half of the players play modded regularly.

Fixing the old and modded versions is a non-trivial (almost intractable) task. Fixing Java would require forking it and maintaining the fork. Java runtimes of different versions are installable side-by-side. The launcher needing 'a java 8 runtime' should not prevent you from installing and using a different one.

If you have any suggestions about how to improve this situation, I'm all ears. However, using Java 9+ by default would introduce major issues.

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gkun commented on 2019-10-27 16:28

I recently wasn't able to launch minecraft after a Java upgrade (java would fill up the memory and not start the game when I clicked on "play" from the launcher).

I'm using jre8-openjdk (java 8) which was running fine until version 8.u212-1, 8.u232-1 wouldn't start the game. Did anyone else have the same issue?

aurifier commented on 2019-10-25 03:37

I just upgraded from a really old version of the launcher, but I'm getting this now when I start the launcher:

** GLib:ERROR:../glib/glib/goption.c:1837:platform_get_argv0: assertion failed: (memchr (cmdline, 0, len)) Bail out! GLib:ERROR:../glib/glib/goption.c:1837:platform_get_argv0: assertion failed: (memchr (cmdline, 0, len)) Aborted (core dumped)

Any ideas what's wrong with my system?

daenney commented on 2019-10-15 16:17

You can work around the issue for now with env GDK_BACKEND=x11 minecraft-launcher instead. The issue is tracked here:

It would probably be handy if the minecraft-launcher.desktop was updated to include this workaround for now.


mkdir -p ~/.local/share/applications/
cp /usr/share/applications/minecraft-launcher.desktop ~/.local/share/applications/
sed -i 's/Exec=/Exec=env GDK_BACKEND=x11 /g' ~/.local/share/applications/minecraft-launcher.desktop

Now you can start Minecraft Launcher as usual and keep updating this package as your definition of minecraft-launcher.desktop will override the one shipped with the package.

stick commented on 2019-10-12 23:42

@ruabmbua @dlins @nunomartins here's the error on Wayland (sway for me) with 2.1.7658:

$ minecraft-launcher

(minecraft-launcher:63405): Gdk-WARNING **: 19:39:30.017: ../gtk/gdk/x11/gdkwindow-x11.c:5633 drawable is not a native X11 window

TangledShoelace commented on 2019-10-11 11:43

@ruabmbua I can confirm as well. Seems broken on GNOME Wayland; running it on X works fine, though. I further tested the beta version with the same results.

dlins commented on 2019-10-09 17:51

@ruabmbua Yes I have the same problem. A downgrade to an previous version works for me.

ruabmbua commented on 2019-10-09 15:59

Does not launch any more. Does anyone else have the same problem. I get no errors, the "gnome launcher" shows the icon, but the window does not appear.

jpegxguy commented on 2019-09-06 19:39

Indeed it shouldn't be out of date. Also the linux launcher should have auto update check disabled because the (undisclosed beta) version pops up every time you open the launcher.

settyness commented on 2019-09-06 18:33

I'm still not seeing why this is even flagged out of date. Latest stable version is 2.1.5965, while beta is 2.1.5969. A user got a message in their launcher and blindly flagged this without verifying (Settings -> About) that this is indeed the latest launcher, released July 23rd: . Use beta if you need an update.

markboston35 commented on 2019-09-04 19:23

this needs to be updated.