gource is a software version control visualization tool that I would like to use with Git. I've installed it on my Raspberry Pi (sudo apt-get install gource), but unfortunately when I run it I get this error message:

$ gource
gource: SDL initialization failed - couldn't find matching GLX visual
Try 'gource --help' for more information

Some commands I ran:

$ glxinfo
name of display: :1.0
Error: couldn't find RGB GLX visual or fbconfig

Any ideas on where to go from here?

  • Have you tried turning off multi-sampling?
    – Jacobm001
    Jul 31, 2013 at 17:39
  • @Jacobm001 It's off by default, you have to enable it with --multi-sampling.
    – syb0rg
    Jul 31, 2013 at 17:43

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After a little research done by myself (with a little help from @Jacobm001), I found that this command solved my issues:

sudo apt-get install libgl1-mesa-swx11

Now I can view a very slow video of my work in Git. Turning down the resolution helps with the speed.

  • Just wondering, how did you get it to work on Raspberry Pi? Doesn't this run on OpenGL which Rapsberry Pi doesn't support?
    – aug
    Nov 13, 2014 at 22:39
  • @aug I ran these two commands (the one in my question and the one in this answer), and it worked, albeit very slowly.
    – syb0rg
    Nov 14, 2014 at 3:42

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