Fix cannot open shared object file error with Redis Desktop Manager in Ubuntu

A few days ago, I was looking for a Redis client for Ubuntu and found that there is one called Redis Desktop Manager. Although it's free and open source, it only provides builds for Windows. Ubuntu and Mac OS users have to subscribe by making a monthly payment or they can build it by themselves using the source (: So I opted for the second option and built and installed it in my Ubuntu box since it was for a small task.

Then today, when I tried to run the RDM again, I got this error and I was wondering what might have changed in the system. In fact there was nothing changed so I had to dig a little bit more into the error and found why I got this error. So here's how I fixed it.

If you haven't built the Redis Desktop Manager (RDM) by source before, this is how to do it. (It's all well documented)

~$ git clone --recursive -b 0.9 rdm && cd ./rdm

~$ cd src/
~$ ./configure
~$ source /opt/qt59/bin/ && qmake && make && sudo make install
~$ cd /usr/share/redis-desktop-manager/bin
~$ sudo mv qt.conf qt.backup

Now it's done and you can simply run RDM by entering the command:

~$ cd /usr/share/redis-desktop-manager/bin/
~$ ./rdm

or simply by using:

~$ sh /usr/share/redis-desktop-manager/bin/
I believe that you are reading this blog post means you got either of the following errors when you run the above command:

/usr/share/redis-desktop-manager/bin/ 2: /usr/share/redis-desktop-manager/bin/ source: not found
/usr/share/redis-desktop-manager/bin/rdm: error while loading shared libraries: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

or just:

./rdm: error while loading shared libraries: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory
It says it's unable to load the library. So if you are sure that you have installed (I bet you have) and still get this error, you need to do a few things before running RDM.

First you need to tell it where you have the QT libraries. When you build from the source, the QT libraries are installed at /opt/qt59 directory.

So just enter the command

~$ source /opt/qt59/bin/
Now if try to run RDM again, it should work fine :) Since this seems reduntant for us to enter this command everytime we want to run the Redis Desktop Manager, you can edit the file and add the above line on top of it.

Note: If you paid enough attention to the build process, you may have noticed that we ran the above command during building it from the source. That's the reason why it worked a few days ago when I installed it.

So let's update /usr/share/redis-desktop-manager/bin/ file.

~$ vim /usr/share/redis-desktop-manager/bin/
source /opt/qt59/bin/
DIR=$(dirname "$(readlink -f "$0")")

Notice that we added the line: source /opt/qt59/bin/ after the shebang. Now save it by pressing ESC then :wq in vim and RDM should load fine :)

I also found that having to enter long paths to run RDM is overkill. So I just added a softlink to my /usr/bin directory using the below command.

ln -s /usr/share/redis-desktop-manager/bin/ /usr/bin/redis-desktop
Now I can run Redis Desktop Manager using the redis-desktop command.

That's it folks. I hope this will be helpful to someone. Please don't forget to let me know if I have missed anything, and leave a comment if you know a better way to do this.


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