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Impossible to change option values (grid size and font size, etc.) from various menus #186

lmorel-insa opened this Issue May 24, 2018 · 2 comments


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lmorel-insa commented May 24, 2018

Dear ipe maintainers,
I've recently installed ipe 7.2.7-3 through apt (debian 9/stretch). Installation went through perfectly.

Package: ipe
Version: 7.2.7-3
Installed-Size: 6784
Maintainer: Debian Science Team <>
Architecture: amd64
Depends: libc6 (>= 2.14), libcairo2 (>= 1.2.4), libgcc1 (>= 1:3.0), libipe7.2.7, liblua5.3-0, libqt5core5a (>= 5.9.0~beta), libqt5gui5 (>= 5.3.0), libqt5widgets5 (>= 5.7.0), libstdc++6 (>= 4.1.1), zlib1g (>= 1:1.1.4), texlive-latex-base, gsfonts, xdg-utils

When trying to use some of the drop menus, options appear to be missing.
Most obvious examples are :

  • grid size (bug-ipe-1, bug-ipe-2)
  • latex font size (bug-ipe-3)
  • color (bug-ipe-4)
  • ...

I found no mention of a feature/bug resembling this behavior, but I might have missed it. If so, I apologize and will happily receive a link to such an answer in reply :)

In the meanwhile, the tool is still usable, doesn't show any other sign of misbehavior (no warning) but is rendered of course much less flexible.






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otfried commented May 25, 2018

This is the effect you would get when your Ipe document does not contain a style sheet. (The attributes offered in the UI come from the style sheet.)

Do you get the same problem when you start Ipe without an existing document?

Check under Edit -> Style sheets if it shows the "basic" style sheet.


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lmorel-insa commented Aug 16, 2018

First of all, I'm very sorry for letting your answer hang on for so long.

I was unaware of this "feature" and I'm actually not very used to these stylesheets in IPE.
When editing some of my documents, I found no "basic" style sheet in the Edit > Style sheets menu indeed.
But I could add it from the default IPE style sheets location. On my system this is:


This solves my problem.
Many thanks, both for your answer and for bringing IPE to us all!

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