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"Refreshing PlayOnLinux" forever

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Psy-Q Mardi 14 Février 2017 à 18:30
Psy-Q

Running on Debian 9.0 (stretch, currently in testing) I used to be able to start PlayOnLinux just fine. I wanted to use it again yesterday after a dist-upgrade,  but now the main PlayOnLinux window shows an empty progress bar in the lower right and the status bar reads "Refreshing PlayOnLinux". This goes on forever as far as I can tell, I've let it run for hours.

Starting any games or programs doesn't work (the "Run" button can be pressed, but nothing happens). Pressing "configure" does bring up the configuration dialog, but I can't create any new virtual drives.

I tried moving the ~/.PlayOnLinux directory out of the way and starting fresh, but the same symptoms there. What could I try next?

Psy-Q Mercredi 15 Février 2017 à 19:48
Psy-Q

Solved it: It turns out the "netcat" package in Debian 9 now is a metapackage and pulls in both "netcat-openbsd" and "netcat-traditional". But PlayOnLinux doesn't work when "netcat-openbsd" is set as the system's netcat.

You can either use:

update-alternatives --config netcat

To set it to netcat-traditional or you can remove netcat-openbsd:

apt-get remove netcat-openbsd
rook2pawn Lundi 13 Mars 2017 à 14:00
rook2pawnAnonymous

Thanks! Had the exact same issue using stretch/SID. I went with the remove netcat-openbsd, works wonderfully now. Kudos!

playonmacer Mercredi 18 Avril 2018 à 14:39
playonmacerAnonymous

Hm Play on Mac seems to have stopped working with a similar issue. Maybe that's related since mac is based on BSD and comes with netcat.

m93a Jeudi 6 Juin 2019 à 15:18
m93aAnonymous

Hello, I'm on Ubuntu and I my POL also keeps loading forever (relevant AskUbuntu thread). The package netcat-openbsd is required by Ubuntu itself, but I also have netcat-traditional, which is required by POL. What should I do?