Open office won't open files Error: GObject-CRITICAL......

Lowell Gilbert freebsd-questions-local at
Mon Sep 15 12:09:27 UTC 2008

Alasdair Reed <alasdair at> writes:

> am having a problem with OpenOffice2.4.0, it will not open any files. It just hangs when trying to open from the open file menu. I get the following error message on the terminal that OO was opened in
> (process:1882): GLib-GObject-CRITICAL **: gtype.c:2248: initialization assertion failed, use IA__g_type_i
> nit() prior to this function
> (process:1882): GLib-CRITICAL **: g_once_init_leave: assertion `initialization_value != 0' failed
> (process:1882): GLib-GObject-CRITICAL **: g_object_new: assertion `G_TYPE_IS_OBJECT (object_type)' failed
> I dont use gnome or kde. My window manager is xmonad. I am running FreeBSD 6.3 .
> I have Googled the error message and cut down versions of it with no result.

You could always try updating; the issue may have been fixed already.

The way to debug it as a software error is to open the source and
find the file and line (line 2248 in a file called "gtype.c" and see
what the assertion is that fails.  I'm in the middle of building
OpenOffice 3, so I don't have the disk space available to look at
older versions.  gtype.c doesn't exist in my tree for version 3.

Going to an OpenOffice support forum might also be appropriate.

Lowell Gilbert, embedded/networking software engineer, Boston area

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