#StackBounty: #raspbian #image OS image made using Pi-Gen lacks JPEG support in GTK

Bounty: 50

I recently started using Pi-Gen to generate customized prebuilt Raspberry OS images for use with a RaspberryPI 4. I use the build-docker.sh script on a Linux Mint VM.

However, in a test run with minimal changes (the config file only sets the IMG_NAME variable), which should have created a "vanilla" image almost identical to the official one available for download from raspberrypi.org, I ended up with a desktop where no pictures were displayed (i.e. the background is grey, and all taskbar icons are replaced by the "broken document" symbol).

The files themselves (JPEG images, e.g. in /usr/share/rpd-wallpaper/) are present, but when I try to open one with gpicview I get an error message stating

Couldn’t recognize the image file format for file "/usr/share/rpd-wallpaper/temple.jpg"

although displaying the file in the web-browser works fine

I do not have that problem when using the OS image downloaded from the official location instead.

Some googling showed that this happened even with the official image some time ago, and that the libgdk-pixbuf2, specifically the JPEG support, may be the problem.

But in my case the libgdk-pixbuf2 is already the latest version (so reinstalling, as suggested in one post, wouldn’t help), and actually the very same as present on the official OS image:

  • $ apt-cache show libgdk-pixbuf2.0-0 gives the same output on both images:
    Package: libgdk-pixbuf2.0-0
    Source: gdk-pixbuf
    Version: 2.38.1+dfsg-1
    Architecture: armhf
    Maintainer: Debian GNOME Maintainers <pkg-gnome-maintainers@lists.alioth.debian.org>
    Installed-Size: 471
    Depends: libc6 (>= 2.11), libglib2.0-0 (>= 2.48.0), libjpeg62-turbo (>= 1.3.1), libpng16-16 (>= 1.6.2-1), libtiff5 (>= 4.0.3), libx11-6, shared-mime-info, libgdk-pixbuf2.0-common (= 2.38.1+dfsg-1)
    Recommends: libgdk-pixbuf2.0-bin
    Multi-Arch: same
  • $ apt-cache policy libgdk-pixbuf2 shows that the installation status is the same on both images.

So, does anyone know why the Pi-Gen might end up with a setting where GDK (apparently) lacks JPEG support, and what to do about it?

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