Cinnamon 2.0 installation fails on openSUSE 13.1 RC2

November 8, 2013
linux opensuse

Cinnamon 2.0 was released last month. The project has matured into something more independent. It now does not require to have GNOME 3 installed in order to work. Cinnamon 2.0 represents a complete desktop environment built on GNOME 3 technologies rather than just being a front-end of the GNOME desktop, like Gnome Shell & Unity.

Therefore in my quest for testing openSUSE 13.1 RC2 I thought of giving a try to Cinnamon 2.0. I geared myself for some compilation but to my surprise Cinnamon 2.0.4 & 2.0.10 packages have already been built via openSUSE Build Service and are available at

I used the 1-Click Install facility and installed Cinnamon 2.0.10. Everything was going fine until it was installing python-lxml. Installation of this package failed. I ignored & continued with the rest of installation which completed successfully.

I then logged out to start a Cinnamon session. Oops! It fails. I tried with Cinnamon 2D (software rendering) and still fails. So, I logged back into GNOME and tried starting Cinnamon from command line. It threw the following error:

[email protected]:~> cinnamon –replace(cinnamon:3074): GLib-GIO-ERROR **: Settings schema ‘org.cinnamon.muffin’ is not installed
Trace/breakpoint trap

I tried installing python-lxml package once more. Zypper threw the following error:

Loading repository data…
Reading installed packages…
Resolving package dependencies…The following NEW package is going to be installed:
1 new package to install.
Overall download size: 644.2 KiB. After the operation, additional 2.4 MiB will
be used.
Continue? [y/n/? shows all options] (y): y
Retrieving package python-lxml-3.2.3-2.2.1.x86_64
(1/1), 644.2 KiB ( 2.4 MiB unpacked)
Retrieving: python-lxml-3.2.3-2.2.1.x86_64.rpm …………..[done (91.3 KiB/s)]
(1/1) Installing: python-lxml-3.2.3-2.2.1 ………………………….[error]
Installation of python-lxml-3.2.3-2.2.1 failed:
Error: Subprocess failed. Error: RPM failed: error: unpacking of archive failed on file /usr/lib64/python2.7/site-packages/lxml-3.2.3-py2.7.egg-info: cpio: rename failed – Is a directory
error: python-lxml-3.2.3-2.2.1.x86_64: install failed
Abort, retry, ignore? [a/r/i] (a):

I therefore reported the failure of python-lxml installation to Bugzilla.

I removed Cinnamon version 2.0.10 & installed 2.0.4 but obtained the same errors.

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