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After cloning the repository, I visited as directed (actually
all that one needs from there is the list of dependencies and
the instruction `cd src; make`; would it bloat the README
terribly to put that in there?)

The package built successfully on Ubuntu 12.04, with updates
up to about November 2013 installed. But the executable would
not run.

…/src$ ls
deps  howl  main.c  main.h  main.o  Makefile  tools
…/src$ ./howl

(howl:10214): GLib-GObject-WARNING **: g_object_set_valist: object
class `GtkLabel' has no property named
Segmentation fault (core dumped)
…/src$ dpkg -l libgtk-3-dev
| Status=Not/Inst/Conf-files/Unpacked/halF-conf/Half-inst/trig-aWait/Trig-pend
|/ Err?=(none)/Reinst-required (Status,Err: uppercase=bad)
||/ Name           Version        Description
ii  libgtk-3-dev   3.4.2-0ubuntu0 development files for the GTK+ library

2014-03-15 8:41 GMT+02:00 Nils Nordman <>:
> Hi all!
> I'm happy to announce the first release of the Howl editor, available at:
> Howl is a general purpose, text oriented, editor, that aims to be both
> light-weight and fully customizable. It's built on top of the LuaJIT runtime,
> uses Gtk for it's interface and can be extended in either Lua or Moonscript.
> Howl draws a lot of inspiration from Emacs and Vim, and should feel familiar to
> anyone who has used any of these editors. It runs on Linux, should run on the
> *BSDs (albeit yet to be tested), and is potentially portable to other platforms
> such as OSX and Windows by anyone with sufficient determination.
> Howl is released as free software under the MIT license, with the source being
> available on Github (
> While this marks the first release, Howl has been in development for nearly two
> years, and should be fully usable for day to day purposes (YMMV of course).
> The homepage,, contains more information about Howl and what if
> offers, as well as some screenshots that let you get a quick idea of how it
> looks.
> Cheers,
> Nils
> --
> Nils Nordman <>