Fix Exception: fromstring has been removed in Phatch

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DanieBlog - Phatch is a free software for image processing. I usually use it to add text to images. Today when I upgraded my computer to Mint 18.3, I encountered an error opening Phatch. Exception: fromstring () has been removed. Please call frombytes () instead.

Error Exception: fromstring () has been removed

First, I open the Phatch in the menu (ie through the GUI) but it just pops up the eye icon and stops there.

fix-exception-fromstring-has-been-removed-in-phatch Fix Exception: fromstring has been removed in Phatch
Exception: fromstring() has been removed. Please call frombytes() instead.

I switched to trying to open Phatch with the command line, and then … log error occurred, no one likes errors log.

/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/wx-3.0-gtk2/wx/_core.py:8196: GtkWarning: gtk_disable_setlocale() must be called before gtk_init()
  return _core_.PyApp__BootstrapApp(*args, **kwargs)
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/wx-3.0-gtk2/wx/_core.py", line 16765, in <lambda>
    lambda event: event.callable(*event.args, **event.kw) )
  File "/usr/share/phatch/phatch/pyWx/gui.py", line 1218, in show_frame
    frame = Frame(self.filename, None, -1, ct.TITLE)
  File "/usr/share/phatch/phatch/pyWx/gui.py", line 327, in __init__
    frame.Frame.__init__(self, *args, **keyw)
  File "/usr/share/phatch/phatch/pyWx/wxGlade/frame.py", line 141, in __init__
    self.tree = Tree(self, -1, style=wx.TR_HAS_BUTTONS|wx.TR_NO_LINES|wx.TR_FULL_ROW_HIGHLIGHT|wx.TR_HIDE_ROOT|wx.TR_DEFAULT_STYLE|wx.SUNKEN_BORDER)
  File "/usr/share/phatch/phatch/pyWx/wxGlade/frame.py", line 26, in __init__
    set_dirty   = parent.set_dirty,
  File "/usr/share/phatch/phatch/lib/pyWx/treeEdit.py", line 96, in __init__
    self.CreateImageList(icon_size)
  File "/usr/share/phatch/phatch/lib/pyWx/treeEdit.py", line 111, in CreateImageList
    self._AddFormToImageList(form, icon_size, icon_disabled)
  File "/usr/share/phatch/phatch/lib/pyWx/treeEdit.py", line 120, in _AddFormToImageList
    wx_image = pil_wxImage(wxImage_pil(wx_image).resize(icon_size,\
  File "/usr/share/phatch/phatch/lib/pyWx/wxPil.py", line 46, in wxImage_pil
    image.fromstring(wx_image.GetData())
  File "/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/PIL/Image.py", line 746, in fromstring
    "Please call frombytes() instead.")
Exception: fromstring() has been removed. Please call frombytes() instead.

Use the patch file to fix

After a while, the bug has been confirmed on the development team’s launchpad and also has a patch file. This helps me get better.

You can read more about this bug at this link.

You run the command below to download the patch file.

wget https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/phatch/+bug/1567827/+attachment/4654235/+files/phatch.diff

Next, you apply the patch file to your computer. Note that this requires the sudo or root privileges to perform.

sudo patch -b /usr/share/phatch/phatch/lib/pyWx/wxPil.py phatch.diff

Conclusion

With just two simple commands, you can fix errors when you start Phatch on your computer. Actually I have not encountered this error before, only after upgrading to Mint 18.3 to meet. Hope you can solve your problem.

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